A Closer Look at Humility
Micah 6:8; 1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6
July 25, 2004
HUMOR: Many years ago, when the famous heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali, was in his prime, he boarded a plane. As the plane was about to take off, the stewardess reminded him to fasten his seat belt. He came back brashly, "Superman don't need no seat belt." The stewardess quickly came back, "Superman don't need no airplane, either." Ali fastened his belt.1
This morning I want to talk to you on the subject of humility. The title of our message is; "A Closer Look at Humility." Though we all understand the word, and we practice it in principle as often as we can, I think we would all have to agree, from time to time, we fall woefully short of God's standard and His expectations in this area.
It certainly gives us cause for reexamination and reason to take a closer look at the subject. Where we need to brush up, we need to brush up. Where we need to change, we need to be willing to change.
QUOTE: Andrew Murray was a missionary, statesman, educator, evangelist and pastor. He lived between 1828 and 1917. In the preface of his book, Humility, he wrote:
When I look back upon my own religious experience, or upon the church of Christ in the world, I stand amazed at the thought of how little humility is sought after as the distinguishing feature of the discipleship of Jesus. In preaching and living, in the daily intercourse of the home and social life, in the more special fellowship with Christians, in the direction and performance of work for Christ--alas! how much proof there is that humility is not esteemed the cardinal virtue, the only root from which the graces can grow, the one indispensable condition of true fellowship with Jesus.
Let me give you two points to our message this morning:
I. His Example to Us
II. His Expectation of Us
I. HIS EXAMPLE TO US
Jesus began His life in humility--from His birth in a stable ...
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