HUMILITY: Living with the right understanding of who God is, who I am and who you are
MEMORY VERSE: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Humility Helps Me Respond Rightly to Sin
In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees and the Tax Collectors were on opposite ends of the social spectrum. The Pharisees were thought of as extra religious and special while no “good” person had a tax collector as a friend. In Luke 18:9-14 we see Jesus turned this view upside down. He told the story of two men who went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee prayed AT God and told God about all the good things he had done and how he was thankful to be better than other people. The Pharisee, in his self-righteousness, couldn’t see that he needed saving because, in his pride, he was only looking at himself. The Tax Collector, however, understood that he was a sinner and prayed TO God asking for mercy. Jesus said that because of this man’s humility, he was declared right in God’s sight. We are ALL sinners in need of mercy and God is the ONLY one who can forgive us. Only when we have the right view of God and ourselves can we respond rightly to our sin.
- Read Luke 18:9-14. Find all of the differences between the Pharisee and Tax Collector’s prayers. Who showed they had the right view of who God is and who they are?
- Why did Jesus say the Tax Collector was justified before God but the Pharisee was not? Talk about what it means to be self-righteous.
- What does it look like for you to humbly respond rightly to your sin? Why is it hard to admit when you’re wrong and ask for forgiveness?
- When are you tempted to think you’re better than someone else? What does this story teach that can help you in those situations?
Bring It Home Activities
1. Significant Summer
All throughout the summer, we are challenging parents to make the time they have with their kids significant. Take time this summer to intentionally disciple your kids in 4 areas: Grow, Play, Serve and Rest. You can download a free copy of our Significant Summer booklet filled with ideas for you and your family to not waste your summer. Track the fun things your family did on the Significant Summer chart and tell us about it on social media using #sigsummer14.
2. Hunger Month
Throughout the month of June, the church body of Watermark Community Church is helping to impact the issue of local hunger and the broader issue of poverty. In the spirit of friendly competition, the elementary ministries are competing to see who can bring the most non-perishable food items for Stuff the Truck. The truck will be in the alley June 8, 15 and 22. Bring this card to your ministry after you’ve dropped off your items at the truck in the alley to help your ministry win. Find out more ways your family can be involved with our ministry partners by visiting Hunger Month at Watermark.
3. Memory Verse Review
On the last Sunday of June we will be reviewing all of the character traits we’ve learned about since January. Take time this week to talk to your kids about what they remember about Wisdom, Righteousness, Diligence, Goodness, Consistency and Humility. Use these flash cards to review the memory verses for each character trait. There will be a prize for any kid who come with our last six verses memorized on June 29!
Thank God for who He is and for what He has done. Ask Him to teach you how to respond rightly to your sin in humility. Ask Him to help you see people the way He does instead of the way the world tells you.
Next week we is our last week studying humility. In John 13:5-17, Jesus shows us that humility helps us focus on others by washing His disciples feet. Start thinking of ways you can be others focused this week.
Did you attend Watermark Kids Live? Give us your feedback! How would you like to make your summer significant this year?