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Cultivating a Culture of Honor (35 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
This week, we are going to look at the importance of cultivating a culture of honor. What does ''culture of honor'' mean? Essentially, it means we practice the love of God on a daily basis, treating one another with respect and submitting to one another as Paul wrote in Ephesians 5-6. We honor and value others as a way of expressing the love and nature of Christ.
An important part of building a culture of honor is choosing not to hold things against people or think condemning thoughts toward them. Instead, we genuinely care for them and consider them ''as better than ourselves'' (Phil. 2:3). We are called to submit to one another in honor.
In the last two sessions, we talked about how Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her - that is honor. He considered us worth His sacrifice, and we should consider others the same way.
This topic may not be your all-time favorite topic - it can be very difficult to honor certain other people! But when we choose to honor one another, we glorify God. Honor is a gift we give to one another and to the Lord.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-9
- Focus on verses 1-3 for the first commandment with a promise.
- Focus on verses 5-9 for steps to honor those around you.
EQUIP: The incredible power of honor
Have your group read EPHESIANS 6:1-9 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Honor releases blessing in our lives.
- When we see ourselves as we are, no better and no worse, we will have the freedom and security to honor others around us.
- Honor releases fullness in the lives of those who are being honored, and it also releases fullness in the one who is doing the honoring (Ex. 20:12).
Before he was made king of Israel, David first had to submit himself to a flawed, insecure leader (1 SAM. 24:1-7). He had to humble himself even thoug ...
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