He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" - Romans 8:32

Monday, October 22, 2012 

Mission in Bold Humility

J.J. Bonk writes in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research:

With support from texts such as Isaiah 14:12–20, theologians have generally agreed that the mother of all sins—Lucifer’s folly—is pride. We human beings have proven sadly receptive to the Great Deceiver’s DNA. Pride of race, nation, clan, religion, profession, and accomplishment flourish in the fertile soil of individual and collective egocentrism. Perhaps, as Sayers suggested and as Jesus’ encounters with the professionally pious of his day proved, it is especially the prestigiously pious among us who reveal pride’s most hideously debilitating malformities.

...Robert Wuthnow’s book Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches (2009) reflects the American conceit that “we are still the center of the show.” Long held to be a self-evident political, economic, and military truth, this delusion has too often infected Christian mission. Any pride, including religious, requires comparison. We human beings are comparative creatures, knowing who we are and where we fit, principally by measuring ourselves against others. Pride is so woven into the warp and woof of our lives that we are scarcely conscious of it. Theologically self-assured missionaries in the days of Jesus received his stinging condemnation: “You cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves” (Matt. 23:15). We can be sure that this was not what those missionaries set out to do!

...Whatever the thrust of Christian missionary labors—whether incarnation among Muslims or disembodied voices over the airwaves—genuine humility is not only appropriate but essential (Mark 10:41–45). Mission, in line with the wise counsel of the late David Bosch, is a life of adventure that requires bold humility.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 

Cultivate Humility

Cultivate Humility

"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."James 4:6 In his booklet

From Pride to Humility, Stuart Scott has compiled an insightful list of 30
biblical indicators as to whether pride is resident in our hearts.
Read these slowly and prayerfully.

1.     Complaining against or passing judgment on
God (Numbers 14:1-4, 9, 11; Romans 9:20)

2.     A lack of gratitude (2 Chronicles 32:25)

3.     Anger (Proverbs 28:25; Matthew 20:1-16)

4.     Seeing yourself as better than others (Luke

5.     Having an inflated view of your importance,
gifts and abilities (Acts 12:21-23)

6.     Being focused on the lack of your gifts and
abilities (1 Cor. 12:14-25)

7.     Perfectionism (Matthew 23:24-28)

8.     Talking too much (Proverbs 10:19)

9.     Talking too much about yourself (Proverbs
27:2; Galatians 6:3)

10. Seeking independence or control (1
Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:21)

11. Being consumed with what others think
(Galatians 1:10)

12. Being devastated or angered by criticism
(Proverbs 13:1)

13. Being unteachable (Proverbs 19:20; John 9:13-34)

14. Being sarcastic, hurtful, degrading, talking
down to them(Proverbs 12:18, 24)

15. A lack of service (Galatians 5:13, Ephesians

16. A lack of compassion (Matthew 5:7, 18:23-35)

17. Being defensive or blame-shifting (Genesis
3:12-13; Proverbs 12:1)

18. A lack of admitting when you are wrong
(Proverbs 10:17)

19. A lack of asking forgiveness (Matthew

20. A lack of biblical prayer (Luke 18:10-14)

21. Resisting authority or being disrespectful
(1 Peter 2:13-17)

22. Voicing preferences or opinions when not
asked (Philippians 2:1-4)

23. Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings
(Matthew 7:3-5)

24. Maximizing others’ sin and shortcomings
(Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 18:9-14)

25. Being impatient or irritable with others
(Ephesians 4:31-32)

26. Being jealous or envious (1 Corinthians

27. Using others (Matthew 7:12; Philippians

28. Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults,
and mistakes (Proverbs 11:3; 28:13)

29. Using attention-getting tactics (1 Peter

30. Not having close relationships (Proverbs
18:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25)

"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."James 4:6 Here's more great stuff to read slowly and prayerfully from Stuart Scott's From Pride to Humility:

A list of 24 manifestations of what Christ exalting humility should
produce in your life.

1.     Recognizing and trusting God’s character
(Psalm 119:66)

2.     Seeing yourself as having no right to
question or judge an Almighty and Perfect God (Psalm 145:17; Romans 9:19-23)

3.     Focusing on Christ (Philippians 1:21;
Hebrews 12:1-2)

4.     Biblical praying and a great deal of it (1
Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2)

5.     Being overwhelmed with God’s undeserved
grace and goodness (Psalm 116:12-19)

6.     Thankfulness and gratitude in general
towards others (1 Thess. 5:18)

7.     Being gentle and patient (Colossians

8.     Seeing yourself as no better than others
(Romans 12:16; Ephesians 3:8)

9.     Having an accurate view of your gifts and
abilities (Romans 12:3)

10. Being a good listener (James 1:19;
Philippians 2:3-4)

11. Talking about others only if it is good or
for their good (Proverbs 11:13)

12. Being gladly submissive and obedient to
those in authority (Rom. 12:1-2, 13:1-2)

13. Preferring others over yourself (Romans

14. Being thankful for criticism or reproof
(Proverbs 9:8, 27:5-6)

15. Having a teachable spirit (Proverbs 9:9)

16. Seeking always to build up
others (Ephesians 4:29)

17. Serving (Galatians 5:13)

18. A quickness in admitting
when you are wrong (Proverbs 29:23)

19. A quickness in granting and
asking for forgiveness (Colossians 3:12-14)

20. Repenting of sin as a way
of life (Colossians 3:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:7-9)

21. Minimizing others’ sins or
shortcomings in comparison to one’s own (Matthew 7:3-4)

22. Being genuinely glad for
others (Romans 12:15)

23. Being honest and open about
who you are and the areas in which you need growth (Philippians 3:12-14;
Galatians 6:2)

24. Possessing close
relationships (Acts 20:31-38)
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