- The power for our unity is humility. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How do you think humility would change the division we see in the world?
- Pride is the opposite of humility. What areas are you the most prideful? How is holding onto that pride preventing you from embracing humility?
- If we’re shooting for similarity, we will miss unity. It’s a lot easier to only be around people who are just like you. Do you typically surround yourself with people that are similar to you? If so, how can you bring people in that are different from you?
- The point of unity is Jesus. How have other views and opinions taken priority above Jesus in your life? How has this affected your relationships with others?
Read Philippians 2:1-4
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Paul wrote this passage to the church at Philippi while sitting in a Roman jail cell, presenting a request for the church to be united. That was the goal. Verses 2-4 describe how to achieve and practice that unity.
- How does “valuing others above yourself,” as Paul mentions, help us achieve unity? What does this have to do with humility?
- What does it say about unity if it was something the church struggled with back when Paul was writing this letter?
Jesus was the ultimate picture of humility. Read Philippians 2:5-11.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This passage describes who Jesus is and what he accomplished on the cross, and the humility he has.
- What is something this passage describes about Jesus that you haven’t thought about before?
- Paul says in verse 5, to have the same mindset as Jesus Christ in our relationships with one another. What would it look like for us to show others the same kind of humility that Jesus displayed?
Make The Change
- Which of these areas (humility, diversity, Jesus) do you struggle with the most? Why?
- When Jesus is the most important thing, other things we disagree on become secondary. Are you making Jesus the most important thing? If not, what would it look like to choose Jesus over those other issues?