To Do Something Significant with my Life - Outline
My Greatest Hopes Series
October 6, 2019
What makes a great life?
The three F’s.
Jesus gave us a _________________________to measure greatness.
Jesus never _____________________ the desire for greatness.
But he _________________________ how greatness is measured.
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” (Matthew 18:1, NLT)
Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” (Matthew 20:20–21, NLT)
Great ___________________ do great things: Greatness is about ______________________________.
What are the two qualities that you would like to be known for?
The first measurement of greatness is:______________________.
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:2–4, NLT)
1. Greatness is about humility before _______________________.
I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
2. Greatness is about humility before ____________________.
So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Some practical advice on humility.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (Philippians 2:3–4, NLT)
Get ___________________________of yourself.
The second measure of greatness is:________________________.
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26–28, NLT)
Jesus measured greatness in terms of _______________________ not ______________________________.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5–11, NLT)
A study for individuals and small groups
What are the two qualities that you would like to be known for in your life?
Read Matthew 18:1-11.
What question did the disciples ask and what was Jesus answer?
What kind of attitude do you think the disciples question reveals?
What does their question say about them?
What two qualities does Jesus mention in response?
What is the link between repentance and having a child-like attitude before God?
What is the link between humility and being like a child?
CS Lewis said: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.”
What do you think about this definition of humility?
How does it compare to Paul’s definition in Philippians 2:3-4?
Read Matthew 20:20-28.
What did the mother ask for?
What did Jesus seem to think of that idea?
How did the other disciples respond when they found out?
How did Jesus sum up his life in verse 28?
Read Philippians 3:5-11.
Discuss what Jesus gave up in order to come and be a servant.
There are three practical ways to practise humility. 1. Ask questions. 2. Get outside of yourself. 3. Pray for humility.
Which one of these (or think of your own) would you like to put into practise this week?