Text: Mark 10:17–25; Proverbs 16:18

Topic(s): Pride, Reputation

Big Idea of the Message: Pride grows because we crave independence and self-sufficiency, yet we are called to depend on God in humility.

Application Point: Be your real self with God and others. Set down the baggage of pride this week through a hard conversation or an honest prayer.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. Proverbs says that pride comes before a fall (16:18) and humility comes before honor (15:33). Are these two statements literary parallels or juxtapositions?
  3. Why is pride a hidden sin? Is this a sin we are okay with our church leaders committing? Why or why not?
  4. Is there a benefit to carrying only the necessary items with us in life? If so, what are the benefits, and what types of things would make the cut in our lightweight backpacks?
  5. If we have spent more than a few hours with young children, we have most likely noticed them displaying an act of stubbornness or a “stiff neck.” What are some reasons kids show pride or stubbornness? How about adults?
  6. How can pride affect our relationship with God?
  7. How can we pray for you?

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