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For a great relationship, I must be less and more .

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

-Matthew 16:24

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.

-Mark 9:35

The greatest among you must be a servant.

-Matthew 23:11

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

-Philippians 2:1-3a

1. Selfish ambition is when I bring and into a relationship.

2. Vain conceit literally means and is when I bring self-promotion into relationships.

Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. Rather, He emptied Himself by giving up His divine privileges and humbled Himself by becoming a servant in human form. Jesus was humble and walked the path of obedience to God even when that meant death on a cross.

-Philippians 2:3-8

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How can you tell if you’re being self-promoting? Is it obvious to you when others are?

2. How would you define, “self-ambition”? “Vain conceit”?

3. What are some practical ways for you to develop humility?

4. Re-read Philippians 2:1-8. How is the Holy Spirit speaking to you?

5. What is your next step as a result of this message?