EXTRA! Ideas for Bible Studies for Life
November 8, 2015
Game Changer: How to Impact Your World
SESSION 4: Live Humbly
The Point: Pride leads to downfall, but God honors humility.
Leader Extra: Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Share the following news story:
America’s highest military honor is the Medal of Honor, and it is given for “meritorious conduct [that] must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life.”
On November 12, (Ret.) Army Capt. Florent Groberg will visit the White House where the President will present him with the Medal of Honor for “his selfless service” during a deadly attack in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in August 2012.
Groberg and five other soldiers were providing security for senior U.S. military leaders who were walking to a meeting at the provincial governor’s compound when they were ambushed. Groberg saw a young man walking backward toward them, with a suspicious bulge under his clothing. Groberg and his platoon sergeant, Sgt. Mahoney, rushed toward the young man and pushed him away from their patrol. “I just wanted to make sure he wouldn’t hurt anyone,” Groberg said.
The young man detonated a suicide bomb that seriously injured Groberg. A few minutes later, a second bomber appeared and detonated his bomb too. This second blast killed some of Groberg’s fellow soldiers.
“I couldn’t remember what happened. I thought I had stepped on an IED [improvised explosive device]. My fibia was sticking out of my left leg, my skin was melting, and there was blood everywhere,” Groberg said. He continued to lead his troops until he was placed in an armored truck and began to receive medical help.
Groberg spent almost three years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and doctors performed 33 surgeries to save his badly injured leg.
Groberg is the 10th living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. “Receiving the Medal of Honor is not about me,” Groberg said of the honor. “It’s about a terrible day that translated into the loss of four brothers.” Col. Charles Mingo, who was one of the military leaders being escorted that day, said that Groberg and Mahoney didn’t hesitate, and that Groberg had gone “all the way to subdue the attacker … clearly and absolutely, with no regard for himself.”
Say: “On that day of the attack in Afghanistan, Capt. Groberg demonstrated humility in a big way by thinking of others ahead of himself, even in the face of a deadly attack.”
Then lead the group to share responses to Question #1.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
Donna McKinney has recently retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in Apex, North Carolina.
Leader Extra: Live It Out
Use the following optional activity as you wrap up your session.
On January 15, 2009, America experienced what came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after multiple bird strikes interfered with both jet engines. In under 3 1/2 minutes, the plane landed on the water. All 155 passengers made it to safety; no lives were lost.
Captain Sullenberger had this to say in an interview following the emergency landing:
“One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years,” he said. “I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”
In a word, Captain Sullenberger displayed humility.
Move your group toward a self-examination in the area of humility and pride. Invite group members to consider their responses to the activity “Pride vs. Humility” on page 120 of the Personal Study Guide. Encourage them to choose one area (family, work, or possessions) and make it a matter of prayer over the next 3 weeks.
Information about the US Airways Flight 1549 landing was taken from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/five-years-later-captain-and-first-officer-recall-emergency-landing/ and http://jeremiekubicek.com/3-examples-of-everyday-humble-leaders/.
- What are the dangers of letting success go to your head?
- Where is the line between knowing you are good at something and being overly prideful in it?
- What’s good and bad about pride?
- What’s good and bad about humility?
- Who are some humble heroes in today’s world?
- How did Nebuchadnezzar struggle with pride? In what areas and ways do we struggle with pride?
- How is pride a sin?
- Why is it hard to admit when we are going in the wrong direction?
- How have you seen pride damage relationships with other people?
- When have you experienced a “breaking” of pride in order to do the right thing?
- What are some ways God warns us today?
- Why do we often ignore God’s warnings?
- How would you define the characteristic of pride?
- What will humble living look like in our words and actions?
- How can we demonstrate humble living to our children and grandchildren?
- If submission to God is key to humility and honor – How can we be submissive to God daily?
- What does submission look like for us?
- What are some practical ways we can submit to God?
- What obstacles prevent us from submitting to God?
- When have you seen the consequences of pride?
- What changes do we see in Nebuchadnezzar between verses 28-30 and verses 34-35?
- How can we help each other to live humbly before God?
- Why is submitting under God so hard even though we know He will be victorious? What are the things that stop you from submission?
- Where is God trying to “win” in your life? Can you see areas of submission that would help Him win?
- What are some immediate steps you can take to combat the danger of pride?
- How can we support one another in combating pride?
- How can we encourage one another toward greater submission to God?
Share this blog post with your group members. Email or post the link either as a way to get them thinking about the study or as a follow up to your group discussion.