Learning to Live Without Pride

October 25, 2020

Service: Sunday

Discussion Questions

  1. Read Matthew 5:16. What is the purpose of our good work in the world? How can pride divert that intent?
  2. Read 1 Peter 5:5. Quoting from the Old Testament, Peter notes that God opposes the proud. How might pride be destructive for us? Can you give an example from your own life of how a prideful moment was hurtful?
  3. Read Matthew 6:1–8 & 16–18. Giving, prayer, and fasting are the three practices listed in Jesus’ sermon that had been taken over by pride in his day. What are some present-day illustrations of how pride (and the condition of one’s heart) can muddy these or other spiritual practices?
  4. Jesus uses the word hypocrite, which can be translated as “one who wears a mask.” What are some of the masks we are tempted to wear?
  5. What is your go-to “mask” when you are feeling insecure?
  6. Read Psalm 139:23–24. How might this prayer help us overcome the vice of pride?


Gracious Jesus, You invited us to let our light shine so that others would see You in our actions. We confess that our pride causes us to take credit rather than put your grace on display. We have tried to appear important in front of others rather than receive our worth from You. We have relied on our own strength for daily living rather than trusting You. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we can take joy in Your will and be rooted in Your humility. Amen.

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