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Philippians - Joy in Humility - part 4

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  • 1. Don’t worry, be happy! Joy in Humility – Part 4/11 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. ” (James 4:6 ESV)Nik Ball 12th February 2012
  • 2. “Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall.”Proverbs 16:18
  • 3. Key message Pride destroys and Humility builds. We need to pursue humility!
  • 4. Chapter 2: 1-2 – Joy found in a humble Church“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, anycomfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, anyaffection and sympathy, complete my joy by being ofthe same mind, having the same love, being in fullaccord and of one mind.” ESV
  • 5. Chapter 2: 1-2 – Joy found in a humble Church“So if there is any • encouragement in Christ, • any comfort from love, • any participation in the Spirit, • any affection and sympathy,(Then)complete my joy by • being of the same mind, • having the same love, • being in full accord • and of one mind.”
  • 6. Chapter 2: 3-4 – Pride destroys the church and Humility builds the church“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but inhumility count others more significant thanyourselves. Let each of you look not only to his owninterests, but also to the interests of others.” ESV
  • 7. Chapter 2: 3-4 – Pride destroys the church and Humility builds the church“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,but in humility count others more significant thanyourselves. Let each of you look not only to his owninterests, but also to the interests of others.” ESV
  • 8. Pride versus Humility1. “pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend” – John Stott.2. Satan our greatest example of pride Jesus our greatest example of humility3. Pride compares to lesser people Humility compares with Jesus Christ4. Pride envies the success of other people Humility allows us to celebrate others success5. Pride is all about me Humility is about Jesus
  • 9. 6. Pride is about my glory Humility is about Jesus Christ’s glory7. Pride is I am God Humility is God is God8. Pride leads to arrogance Humility leads to confidence
  • 10. What does God think of pride?1. From God’s perspective pride is the most serious sin!2. God hates pride more than anything.–“.....Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech Ihate.” Proverbs 8:13“Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; beassured, he will not go unpunished.”Proverbs 16:5
  • 11. 6. Pride is about my glory Humility is about Jesus Christ’s glory7. Pride is I am God Humility is God is God8. Pride leads to arrogance Humility leads to confidence9. Pride is independence
  • 12. Why does God hate pride so much?•“Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and positionof God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence on him.” CJ Mahaney•About glorification of self, not glorification of God•God actively opposes the proud. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” James 4:6•God’s mission + God’s motivation = Promise fulfilled•God’s mission + (God + our motives) = Promise blocked
  • 13. 6. Pride is about my glory Humility is about Jesus Christ’s glory7. Pride is I am God Humility is God is God8. Pride leads to arrogance Humility leads to confidence9. Pride is independence Humility is dependence10. Pride is the essence of all sin Humility is the essence of all joy11. Pride can be achieved in this life time Humility needs to be pursued through your lifetime
  • 14. Chapter 2: 5-9 – Jesus the ultimate example of joy in humility“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours inChrist Jesus, who, though he was in the form ofGod, did not count equality with God a thing to begrasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form ofa servant, being born in the likeness of men. Andbeing found in human form, he humbled himself bybecoming obedient to the point of death, even deathon a cross.” ESV
  • 15. Chapter 2: 9-11 – Jesus the ultimate example of joy in humility“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowedon him the name that is above every name, so thatat the name of Jesus every knee should bow, inheaven and on earth and under the earth, and everytongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the gloryof God the Father.” ESV
  • 16. How do we pursue humility?•Look to example of Jesus ........ “How can anyone be arrogant whenhe stands besides the cross” Carl Henry•Study doctrines of grace, sin, God•Start and end of day with God•Seek the input of those around
  • 17. Application questions?1. In what ways are you robbed of joy in your life?2. In what ways are you selfish in your attitude and actions?3. In what ways are do you think you are better than those around you?4. In what ways are you envious of others success............or passed over?5. In what ways are you pursuing humility?
  • 18. Summary •Pride destroys us, those around us, the church and the gospel •Humility builds us, those around us, the church and the gospel •True joy is found in humility •We need to pursue humility!