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More Than a Story: Humility

[Two Men Who Prayed: Luke 18:9-14]

“Be humble or you’ll stumble.” – Dwight L. Moody

  • I am the least of the apostles – 1 Corinthians 15:9
  • I am the very least of all the saints. – Ephesians 3:8
  • I am the foremost of sinners. – 1 Timothy 1:15

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 18:14 [ESV]

Humbles HimselfTapeinoó – humiliate, abase, bring low, humble self

Exaltedhupsoó – raise on high, lift up, set on high

“A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.” – Proverbs 29:23 [HCSB]

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” – 1 Peter 5:6 [NIV]

We all fall short / Through Christ alone we are justified (Romans 3:23-24)

“Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.” – Job 9:20 [NASB]

You cannot fake it / God knows your heart

“And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” – Luke 16:15 [NASB]

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a … feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them.” – John Riskin

Bible Study Questions:

1) What are some of the positive attributes of the Pharisee who prayed?

2) What are some of the negative attributes of the Pharisee who prayed?

3) How would you describe the Tax Collector who prayed? What were his good points?

4) What gets in the way of your humility?

5) What are some things you can do to help you live a humble life?

6) Luke 18:14 says, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (ESV).

What does it mean to be justified?

What does it mean that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled?

What does it mean that one who humbles himself will be exalted?

 

more than a story

More Than A Story is a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on the parables of Jesus.

Richness
Forgiveness
Persistence
Fruitfulness
Obedience
Humility
Compassion
Responsiveness
Repentance
Readiness
Faithfulness
Kingdom-Focused

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God Says There’s Plenty

With our human eyes, we see what is there and we consider that to be our resources. When I look into my refrigerator and see a gallon of iced tea, I understand that is all I have. At the same time, I know I have the money to get more tea so it does not worry me. There are moments though when we do not have the resources in our hands or in our bank accounts. There is nothing there to bring about a certain something in our lives. We do not have enough we then say.

It could be the funds necessary to put down a security deposit and first month’s rent to move into a new place because you have to move. It could be money that is needed to evaluate your car after the “check engine” light shined bright. It could be new shoes for your children because they have outgrown yet another pair. Whatever it is, you find yourself saying, “There’s not nearly enough.”

This servant looked around at the people and then he looked at the available resources. There’s not enough. There’s not enough. The servant said there wasn’t enough. But Elisha responded, “God says there’s plenty.” God says there’s plenty. Do you think God forgot about you? Do you think that when you need something, it won’t be there? God says there’s plenty. When the need truly arises, the need is met. God says there’s plenty. Trust it will come and it will be enough.

 

“His servant said, ‘For a hundred men? There’s not nearly enough!’

Elisha said, ‘Just go ahead and do it. God says there’s plenty.’”

-2 Kings 4:43-44 [MSG]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Wise or Foolish (The Wise and Foolish Builders)

Tomorrow’s lesson is about the Wise and Foolish Builders which can be found in Matthew 7 and Luke 6 of the Bible. I have created a simple handout for the children to complete. The handout will challenge children to grasp the true meaning of the selected passages, to understand obedience, and to consider a personal plan of action to move forward. Too often, we consider this verse as telling us to build our lives on the Rock (Jesus), but obedience isn’t discussed.

Please feel free to download and/or print the lesson and the accompanying resource(s) and use for ministry purposes. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact. Not for resale.

This lesson does not include an activity. We will be discussing different scenarios and we will be having a hands on activity involving two different types of buildings.

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control)

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This lesson does not include an activity. We did a red light green light type game using the last part of the lesson. An optional craft could be a sign or door hanger with the Bible verse. Ex: Stop sign with the verse.

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God Gave

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” 

– Daniel 1:17 [NIV]

Today’s verse says that God gave Daniel and his friends the knowledge and understanding.  Now in this passage, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are all supposed to eat what the king has commanded. It was from the king’s table so one would believe it to be good—fit for a king. However, Daniel “resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine,” and he asked if he could eat his own diet of food (v. 8). The official agreed to let Daniel and his friends eat what they wanted for ten days. After the ten days, they were “healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” (v. 15). This could cause some people to have problems digesting.

So often we look at Daniel and his friends going against the king’s rules and following a special diet of vegetables and water. We conclude that these vegetables and the water provided the four young men with better nourishment, as the passage states, and that is what we take from this passage. However, we cannot forget that it was God who gave these men the knowledge and understanding. God was and is at the forefront.

There are times in our own lives when we use our God given gifts and resources and find great success. We start to attribute this success to our hard work, our talents, etc., but we need already remember that God gave us everything—God gets the glory.

Today remind yourself of what God has given you and take the time to thank Him.

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2 Kings 3 Bible Study: Are You a Ditch Digger?

This lesson is a Bible Study Lesson on 2 Kings 3: Are You a Ditch Digger. This lesson is geared toward youth and adult Bible study groups.

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Please feel free to download and/or print the lesson and the accompanying resource(s) and use for ministry purposes. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact. Not for resale.

King Mesha made a promise to King Ahab regarding a tribute to pay. When King Ahab died, King Mesha decided he would not keep his promise. Was there a moment when you did not keep your promise? What happened because of this broken promise?

King Jehoshaphat was considered a good king, but  what poor choice did he make that got him into trouble? Have you made a similar choice? Bad company corrupts good character. Could King Jehoshaphat have done things differently to still help King Joram out or was there no good way to move forward with helping him?

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Jesus of Nazareth News Broadcast Skit

Jesus of Nazareth News Broadcast Skit

I actually wrote this skit for a college course. This skit can be used to accompany a Children’s Ministry lesson. The skit is a contemporary news broadcast type skit making reference to Jesus. I recommend for it to be used as an opener to a lesson on Jesus or the ministry of Jesus or the start of a series on the Gospels.

Please feel free to download and/or print the skit and the accompanying resource(s) and use for ministry purposes. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact. Not for resale.

Characters: Jacob, Mary, Joseph, Josiah, Paul

 

Jacob: Next up, once again this Jesus of Nazareth has left us all with our jaws wide open

Mary: Yes Jacob, we have been hearing a lot about Jesus. For those of you who didn’t hear the previous reports, we will get you caught up.

Jacob: Jesus was here in Capernaum before, which caused quite a stir among the locals. To the amazement of a crowd, He spoke to a demon, commanding it to leave the body of a possessed man, and astonishingly, the evil spirit listened to that mysterious man……

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Keeping The Father Waiting Lesson Plan

Keeping The Father Waiting Lesson Plan

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Overview/Outline

TOPIC: Priorities
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:33
TARGET AUDIENCE: Youth thru Adults
MATERIALS: Video (found here http://youtu.be/EhXEKH7xX1g), Rock/Jar Supplies (see Rock/Jar
Exercise Sheet), paper & container (see exercise in Experiment section)
LEARNING GOALS:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what should take priority in our lives by analyzing Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, and Matthew 6:24.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of priorities in life by sharing examples of non- essential items and items that point to God from their own lives.
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to change their schedule and their priorities in life to make sure God gets top priority.

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Joseph and Mary Puppet Dramatic Sketch

Joseph and Mary Puppet Dramatic Sketch

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Description – Talk show type interview session with Joseph and Mary, a puppet or dramatic sketch

Usage – This is to be used as a lead up into a discussion on Joseph and/or Mary, or for an introduction ofJesus, His birth or ministry.

Time Needed – 4-5 minutes

Participant Requirements – 3 puppets (with puppeteers) or three actors (interviewer/talk show host,Joseph, Mary)

Scripture References – Matthew 1:18-2:23, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-38

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