Sermon Discussion Guide

HOT HEADS - Week 3
March 20, 2016

Goals for this Week’s Study:

  • Review Sunday Mornings Sermon
  • Encourage people in your group to invite as many as they can to one of our four Easter Services–Saturday 6PM, Sunday 10AM, 11:45AM, 5PM

Getting Started: Open your group with a prayer.

Pastor Daniel concluded our Hot Heads series by looking at PRIDE as a primary cause of the anger in our lives. He taught us that Pride causes all kinds of problems. Let’s dive into those now.

Pride LEADS TO Conflict

Proverbs 13:10 – Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.
  • Share how pride creates conflict in our relationships.
  • What does Jesus tell us to do before we criticize others?
Matthew 7:5 – Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.


Proverbs 10:17 – People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.
Proverbs 11:2 - Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
  • What warning do we read about pride, and what common quality is the antidote?
  • How does pride keep us from solving our problems?
  • What can we do to counter its effects?


Proverbs 29:25 – Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
  • How does being overly concerned with what others think of you keep you from being who God made you to be?
  • Look at the second half of Proverbs 29:25—What keeps us from falling into that trap?
  • What can deliver us from the trap of self-deception? Read Prov. 20:27
Proverbs 20:27 – The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
  • What tool(s) has God given each one of us that can help us to be honest with God and with ourselves? (The Bible)

Pride ANGERS God

James 4:6b – God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
  • Why does God hate pride? Pride says, “I don’t need God.” The antidote to pride, is HUMILITY!



Proverbs 28:13 – People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
  • Why is it so hard to admit we are prideful?


How should you view yourself based on Romans 12:3?

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
  • How can we avoid the temptation to undervalue ourselves?
  • Pride can be good or bad. What kinds of pride are godly?
Galatians 6:4 - Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
  • This verse advises that each person should test his own actions. Why is this important?Comparing is an easy sin to fall into.
  • What steps can we take to guard ourselves from comparing ourselves to others?


Philippians 2:3–5 – Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
  • What attitude do we need to have as we serve others? Who is our model?
  • Define what humility means to you.
  • Think of a person who demonstrates genuine interest in others. Are you drawn to that person, and if so, why?
  • Why do you think humility is the antidote to pride?
  • Discuss this truth and how to apply it to your life: Humility is not thinking poorly of yourself OR less of yourself…it’s thinking of yourself less.


Psalm 10:4 – The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead.
  • If a proud person doesn’t think about God, what does he think about? (Himself)
  • Pride keeps us from receiving God’s grace. How can we allow God’s grace to replace prideful thoughts?
  • Often we hide behind pride because we feel insecure inside. What are ways we can accept God’s grace to fight that insecurity and pride?
Proverbs 22:4 – True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
  • This verse indicates that humility brings what kind of blessing to our lives?
  • People think that prosperity has to do with outward wealth.
  • What inner qualities of prosperity does humility bring to a person?


  • God wouldn’t ask us to humble ourselves if we couldn’t.
  • James tells us that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.
  • This week let’s practice humility.
  • Is there anything else from Sunday’s sermon that spoke to you?
  • Pray!

Adam Eldridge