Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – December 16

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Greater Than – 3 – “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. “

Theme: Lower is greater than Higher

Advent is a season of remembering that Jesus lowered Himself by being born in a manger and He ultimately became sin for us, that we might become the very righteousness of God.

 

Warm-Up Question:  Share a time when taking the lesser of two choices paid off.
How hard is it for you to lower yourself in the sight of others?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Psalm 37:3-9

  1. What does the Psalmist direct as a starting place to receiving God’s blessing (verse 3)?
  2. How do “trusting,” “delighting,” and “committing” differ as used here (verses 3-5)?
  3. Why is there an admonition against “fretting” included in this Psalm (verses 7-8)?
  4. What is promised if we do as the Psalmist recommends (verses 4, 6, 9)?
  5. How is what the Psalmist says here similar to Jesus’ words (Matthew 5:1-5)?

Read Luke 18:9-14

  1. Why do you think Jesus was so harsh with the Pharisees (verses 9-11)?
  2. How might what Jesus is highlighting here be a warning to us as well (verses 9-14)?
  3. Do you agree with what Jesus was trying to point out by this parable (verses 9-14)?

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

  1. Why does Paul say he was given this “thorn in the flesh” (verse 7)?
  2. What was Paul’s initial response to all that was happening to him (verse 8)?
  1. What does Paul say instead was the result of having this in his life (verse 9)?
  2. How does Paul look on all these limitations that he is encountering (verse 10)?

 Application Questions

  1. How might you incorporate one of these verses in your life to help humble yourself?
  2. What can you do in your daily life to make waiting on the LORD a greater part of your lifestyle?

Prayer: Father, help us to be willing as Jesus was, to wait on You to exalt us at the proper time,
not depending on ourselves to take advantage of others.


Talk and Pray
with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives
this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

Going Deeper

Describe the situation with Solomon’s two sons, Rehoboam and Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:1-4)?

 

 

How does King Rehoboam initially respond to Jeroboam’s request (1 Kings 12:5-6))?

 

 

What was the advice the elders gave to King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:7)?

 

 

How does King Rehoboam’s response to the elders show his lack of humility (1 Kings 12:8-11)?

 

 

Finally, what was the result when Jeroboam and the people returned (1 Kings 12:12-16)?

 

 

Share an experience from your life that reflects how exalting yourself backfired on you.

 

Prayer: Father, help us to humble ourselves as Jesus taught us, so that You can exalt us,
when we forsake our desire to grasp greater things for ourselves. AMEN.