JESUS IS HUMBLE
Scripture: Philippians 2:3–10
Memory verse: Philippians 2:3–5
"In humility value others above yourselves...have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
The humility of Jesus Christ is the focus of our study today.
Ask: How would you define humility? (Allow response.)
The dictionary defines an humble person as one who is not proud or arrogant and respects others. The apostle Paul expands our understanding of humility and sets a standard by which young people can test themselves. (Quote the memory verse.) Humble youth value others above themselves. (Give examples.)
(Select five youths to participate in a drama.) The drama takes place in a school compound where tea is being served during a break from classes. One student is proud and one student is humble. They should demonstrate these characteristics in the serving of tea to the other three students.
Ask: Did the humble student show respect and a desire to meet the needs of others before he served himself? (Allow response.)
Achieving Humility Philippians 2:3–5
The apostle Paul gave us a standard by which believers can measure whether or not they are humble—valuing others above themselves. How can this be achieved? By following Jesus' example, "Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Young people who have the same mindset as Jesus will think like Jesus, feel or have the same emotions as Jesus, will reason like Jesus, will make decisions like Jesus, will perceive life like Jesus and will judge all matters just as Jesus would judge them. Thus, we have the humility standard set by the apostle Paul and Jesus' example to imitate. Intentionally observing and measuring our lives by valuing others above ourselves and following Jesus' example will produce humble believers.
Intentional Humility Philippians 2:6–8
"Who (Jesus), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage" (verse 6). Jesus is God, equal with God the Father. This truth is clarified in Hebrews 1:3, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being." The fact that Jesus did not use His God-status for His own benefit is a mark of humility.
"Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant (slave), being made in human likeness" (verse 7). It was Jesus' own decision to be made nothing—to take the position of a slave. It was His decision to be made, to be formed, as a human being. A divine miracle took place as Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by God's spoken word. Nine months Jesus was in the womb being formed like any other baby. His birth was just like the birth of the seven billion people now living on the earth. The Creator of the universe decided to be made in human likeness. What a display of humility!
"And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross" (verse 8)! The Giver of life chose to allow death to put Him in a grave. Crucifixion was a Roman government punishment for a criminal. Jesus had the power to prevent His death but rather than activate His power, He chose obedience to the Father's will.
In birth, in life and in death Jesus modeled humility. He was intentional. Jesus determined to humble Himself in order to please the heavenly Father.
Young people who today walk humbly before their God do so because they intend to be guided by "valuing others above themselves" and determining to follow Jesus' example.
Ask: How do you plan to demonstrate godly humility during this coming week? (Allow responses.)
God-Honouring Humility Philippians 2:9–11
"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name" (verse 9). Jesus who made Himself nothing was exalted by God the Father to the highest place of honour. Today God still honours the humble. Young people who make it a practice to serve others and value the interest of others above their own selfish ambitions will receive many blessings from the hand of God.
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth" (verse 10). All human beings made in the image of God—already in heaven or now living on earth or buried long ago—will bow to worship Jesus.
"And every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (verse 11). This statement refers to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It is important to note that Jesus' humility and the believers' worship is to the "glory of God the Father."
Accepting God's Word
(Extend an invitation to those in attendance who have not yet accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour to do so today.) Humble young people give glory to God and become a channel through which the message of salvation can flow to youth in every tribe.
Philippians 2:11 states that ”every tongue" will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This speaks of all who are currently serving the Lord but also implies that there is a day coming when every unbeliever will bow in submission to Lord Jesus. "Every tongue" also refers to every language group—every tribe. Jesus became obedient to death on a cross in order that "every tongue, every tribe, every individual" might be saved.
This study introduces us to the Moroccan Arab tribe. The pictures and information given with the next four studies will introduce Moroccan children, youth and adults who need to know Jesus as their personal Saviour. Time will be given at the close of each study to pray for them.
Present the information about the Moroccan Arab tribe given below.
MEET THE MOROCCAN ARAB
Western Sahara 8,200
Born-Again Believers: 200
The ancestors of the Moroccan Arabs originated in the Arabian Desert. From there, they gradually migrated into northern Africa. Socially, there are two contrasting groups of Moroccan Arabs: those living in the cities and those in the rural areas.
The Moroccan Arab live mainly in the north and west portions of Morocco. However, they prefer living in the more fertile regions near the Mediterranean Sea. The Moroccan Arab make up less than half of the country's population. Their language is called Maghreb.
The coastal areas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea are becoming increasingly more urbanized. However, many Moroccan Arab still live in small towns and villages. A few live in expensive villas, while most live in slums. The towns are devoted mainly to commerce. Rural towns are surrounded by walls with towers and fortified gates.
Life for the Moroccan Arab centres on important ceremonies, such as birth, marriage, and death. A boy also celebrates his first haircut and circumcision. The most elaborate of all ceremonies is the wedding. To preserve their people, the Moroccan Arab only marry those inside their own group.
Few of the Moroccan Arabs in this region are Christian; virtually all are Muslim. They are in need of continuous prayer in order to break the strongholds that are keeping them bound.
A number of house churches exist and worship covertly. These indigenous groups are not regarded as fellowships or Bible studies. They are churches led by local Moroccan believers, the members tithe and bear responsibility for all expenses incurred, bring new converts into the body of believers and disciple them. New Testament principles guide them in all their activities.
New messengers are arriving, finding jobs in various professions and obtaining visas to stay in the country. This gives them the opportunity to be a Christian witness to individuals, be of help to the various house churches and participate in one of the existing international churches.
A messenger needs to be able to speak French or Arabic in order to adequately share the gospel. As a young person with your future ahead of you, would you seriously pray about presenting yourself to God and your local church as a potential messenger to the Moroccan Arabs? God has a plan for your life. Ask Him to reveal it to you. (Read Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.")
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Moroccan Arab Tribe
1. The King of Morocco to continue to grant protection to Christians living in Morocco,
2. Christian international university students to give a clear witness of the gospel,
3. Proclamation of the gospel to be anointed with many Moroccan Arabs coming to Christ.
"The Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mark 16:20).
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