MAN UP Week 1: PRIDE


Table rules

  • We talk about the real stuff going on in our lives, because “faking fine” gets us nowhere.
     
  • We aren’t here to fix each other, so no sermons or unwanted advice. We are here to listen to and encourage each other. 
     
  • We try to keep it short because we want everyone to be free to talk.
     
  • We trust that it’s God’s role to change people, not ours. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How does pride usually play out in you?
     
  2. How does pride disguise itself in you?
     
  3. In what specific way can you take Jesus' "NOT SO WITH YOU" to work, home, or school with you today?

Daniel 4:23 (NLT)

"Then you saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, "Cut down the tree and destroy it. But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven. Let him eat grass with the animals of the field for seven periods of time."

Daniel 4:24-27 (NLT)

"This is what the dream means, Your Majesty, and what the Most High has declared will happen to you. You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses. But the stump and the roots were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules. O King Nebuchadnezzar, please listen to me. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past by being merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper." 

Daniel 4:28-30 (NLT)

"But all these things did happen to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon. As he looked out across the city, he said, 'Just look at this great city of Babylon! I, by my own might power, have built this beautiful city as my royal residence and as an expression of my royal splendor.'

Daniel 4:31-33 (NLT)

"While he was still speaking these words, a voice called down from heaven, 'O King Nebechadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.' That very same hour the prophecy was fulfilled, and Nebechadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles feathers and his nails were like bird's claws."

Daniel 4:34 (NLT)

"After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshipped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever."

Daniel 4:34b-35 (NLT)

"His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him.  He has the power to do as he pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. No one can stop him or challenge him, saying, 'What do you mean by doing these things?'"

Daniel 4:36-37 (NLT)

"When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisors and officers sought me out, and I was reestablished as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.  Now I Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble those who are proud."

Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  NOT SO WITH YOU. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

When a leader begins to think of himself as a “great leader”, that’s when he ceases to be.