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Fitting In | Week 4: Humble

We probably don’t like to admit it but we want to be part of the popular crowd. Or at very least, we want to be part of the group that conveys an image that we view as positive. The stories of Jesus provide a very different example of how we ought to seek out people to interact with. Jesus intentionally surrounded himself with the unpopular, uneducated, outcasts and those who were considered unworthy. After all, it was while we were still sinners that he died for us. (Romans 5:8).

 

READ James 2:1-4

 

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

In what ways does our culture encourage this kind of thinking?

 

What are we forgetting if we base someone’s worth on material possessions or status?

 

What are some practical ways that we can practice not showing favoritism? 

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Luke 19:1-10

 

1. What do we learn from the lengths that Zacchaeus went through to get to see Jesus?

 

2. Why were tax collectors generally wealthy and unpopular with the population?

 

3. Look at verse 5, how is this emblematic of Jesus and his mission?

 

4. Compare verse 7 to Mark 2:17. Why were Jesus’ actions seen as negative?

 

5. What does the response in verse 7 say about those who said it?

 

6. How does verse 8 reflect a spiritual and personal change for Zacchaeus?

 

7. Read 2 Timothy 2:24-26. What character trait is necessary for this command to be effective?

 

8. Describe humility, grace and love in terms of Jesus and his example.

 

9. Read Philippians 2:5. What does this remind us about how we ought to see our neighbors?