Humility: Christ’s Life of Humility

Pastor Zach Bearss

January 22, 2023


January 22, 2023

John 13:1-17, Matthew 3:16-17, 20:25, John3:16, 1 Cor. 15:34

Connect: Have you ever been a part of a foot washing and what was that experience like for you? Where have you seen servanthood at work? Where have you experienced servanthood?

Engage: What was one idea that was new or that you have been pondering in this message on Humility?

Zach mentioned 3 thoughts on Jesus and His humility


  1. Jesus’ humility was rooted in His identity

a. Wasn’t trying to earn respect

b. Not Trying to prove something

c. Knew who He was

What do you think about these statements – Where have you seen this in your life or in the life of others?


Zach talked about Paul – who said “In Christ and In Him alone. Why did Paul say that? What do you know about Paul and his life? What can we take away from Paul and his life on this statement?


  1. Jesus’s identity is rooted in His purpose
    a. Matthew 20:25 Do you know your purpose? Are you serving somewhere?


    Do you feel that God is calling you to serve in some area and if you are, what has that been like for you? If you are not what is preventing you?

  2. Jesus’s humility was rooted in His vision of people.

    a. Jesus truly loved people made in His image—He served people because they have immense value. Where do find yourself having a hard time loving people? Is it politically, differences in doctrine? Ethnically? Financially?

    b. What do you think the Lord is asking you to do with that tension?


Zach talked about this quote – by Teresa of Avila-

We shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know God: let us think of his greatness and then come back to our own baseness; by looking at his purity we shall see our foulness; by meditating upon his humility, we shall see how far we are from being humble. (St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle)

What do you think of this quote, what stands out to you?

The George Herbert poem:

LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning If I lack’d anything.

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’ Love said, ‘You shall be he.’

‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, I cannot look on Thee.’

Love took my hand and smiling did reply, ‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame Go where it doth deserve.’

‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’ ‘My dear, then I will serve.’

‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’ So I did sit and eat.

What stands out to you in this poem?

Apply: What is one area the God inviting you too, considering this sermon?
What is one area you where you would like your small group to pray for you for considering what God is inviting you too?

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