This week’s Bible text: Matthew 2:1-18 (p. 855)
the problem of the human heart!”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (ICB) “I will put a new way to think inside you. I will take out the stubborn heart like stone from your bodies. And I will give you an obedient heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you.”
Proverbs 16:18 (CSB) Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
Matthew 23:12 (NLT) “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Psalm 101:5 (NIV) “Whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.”
1 Peter 5:5-6 (CSB) Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time.
Psalm 10:4 (NIV) In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Psalm 22:27-28 (CSB) All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD. All the families of the nations will bow down before you, for kingship belongs to the LORD; he rules the nations. All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before him.
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NCV) Christ died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from the dead so that they would live for him.
Isaiah 66:2 (NIV) “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
Psalm 25:8-9 (NIV) Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
What is your favorite tradition related to celebrating Christmas? When did the “Wise Men” become more than just figurines in a nativity set for you?
Is there a line between “good” pride and bad pride, and where is it crossed? What are some of the fruits of each?
What scripture related to pride from this message (or other scriptures you know) stand out to you to remember? What’s an ugly example you’ve seen of sinful pride? Where do you feel you need to be on guard against this heart condition?
Review Matthew 2:1-18. What do the star, the Wise Men, their gifts, their homage paid, the hostility of Herod, and the Bible prophecy quoted each say about the significance of Jesus?
In what ways can you identify with the Wise Men in your journey to know Jesus?
What is the “gold, frankincense, and myrrh” in your life that you’ve offered to Jesus (or need to)? How has Jesus become more real to you since Christmas last? Sing a Christmas carol or two to close your group time.
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A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.