Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 24, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Micah 1,
- MONDAY: Micah 2,
- TUESDAY: Micah 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Micah 4,
- THURSDAY: Micah 5,
- FRIDAY: Micah 6,
- SATURDAY: Micah 7,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Major Lessons from Minor Prophets, Part Two Sermon Title: What Goes Around, Comes Around: Beware of Pride
Delivered On: September 17, 2017
“…As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.” ([bible]Obadiah 15[/bible])
Consider all the different ways you see pride climbing in emphasis and focus in our culture. Ask God to help you identify ways, big and small, where you may have found yourself taking pride and self-focus on to a degree that seems unhealthy according to God’s Word. If in your search you find some of these ways, commit to praying and working your way out. Let God help you work towards humility and submission in each area and notice what He does with the result.
As you examine your life for pride, check as many areas as you can think of: how you carry yourself at work and home, how you talk about yourself with others, what you soak in when you watch sports and awards shows, what you read about our cultural icons and why. Now, think of the ways you submit: to our Lord, your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and anyone else who is part of your routine. Think of how the humility is affecting those relationships and their quality. Take note: God’s plan is for His glory, but also for our spiritual health.
Small Group Discussion
Read: Obadiah 3 Pride can trouble any of us at different times. Share an experience when pride deceived you and what followed.
Ever felt “ransacked”? This would be when pride came back around and hurt you directly. (Obadiah 6)
Personal shame is very painful. To be “covered” with shame seems overwhelming. Describe a situation about yourself or someone else when this happened. If it was you, what did God reveal to you?
Gloating is highly praised in segments of our culture today. Talk about what you observe and why it’s so destructive. (Obadiah 12)
Read: Obadiah 15 “The day of the Lord” usually refers to Judgment Day. How does judgment work day in and day out when pride has us in its grip?
In Obadiah 17, God tells about deliverance and holiness. How does God restore us when we’ve been caught in pride and boasting? If you have a personal experience, please share it.
How does pride make us think things about ourselves and others that are not true?
“The kingdom will be the Lord’s.” When pride is confronted and repentance follows; how does that relate to the kingdom being the Lord’s? (Obadiah 21)