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And it was Night
Bible Text: John 13:18-30 | Preacher: Pastor Joe Ricchuiti | Series: And it was Night, John
Recap of 9/30/12 (John 13:14-17):
1. Humility is essential to the life, service, and exercise of authority of the believer.
2. Humility is not, as commonly thought, thinking poorly about ourselves, it is not being preoccupied with ourselves (the freedom not to think about ourselves). “Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves (see Romans 12:3). It does not mean that we should put ourselves down.” (NLT One Year Study Bible)
3. Pride (self) gets in the way of humility.
4. To deal with pride:
-we must realize and accept our position in Christ, finding our satisfaction and acceptance in Him.
-we must realize that all we have and all we are (gifts, talent, knowledge, position, status, means) are from God’s hand (1 Corinthians 4:7)
-when we think about others we must focus on how we may serve them, not on how we compare with them (2 Corinthians 10:12,18; Philippians 2:3,4)
-we must take control of our thoughts, asking “Would Christ think this way, or would he like this thought?” We must not let our thoughts be taken captive by our feelings.
-when feeling ad about ourselves or threatened by others we must focus our thoughts upon Christ (Philippians 4:8)
5. Jesus is the primary biblical example of humility (Philippians 2:4-8), Timothy is cited by Paul as another (Philippians 2:19-24).
6. God’s attitude toward the proud (resistance) and the humble (providing grace) should be motivation for believers to seek humility.