Study Guide


Is it a sin to be proud? - Study Guide

Posted by Debbie Eaton on

This week we will explore the question: Why is humility the antidote to pride?  This understanding highlights the importance of our words and opinions, especially from a generation that is not our own. 

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Opening Questions

Share as a group the words or stereotype descriptions of the generation before you or the one coming after.  Is that based on the opinions of others? Is that your experience?  What have you learned from someone from another generation?

Study Questions

Read 1 Peter 5:1-11 in both the NIV and the Message.
As you read, jot down what you notice and wonder specifically about what these passages teach us about pride and humility regarding our influence.

  • Church leaders, leaders in general, and/or people of influence (which is all of us) are held to be a shepherd just as Jesus is our chief Shepherd.  Who are you called to shepherd? In what ways do you care for them? How challenging is it for you to relate to someone one or more generations younger or older?

  • Submit. When we hear that word, it brings an immediate resistance, a feeling of defiance, a sense of “I’m not going to do that.” Tell of a time when you’ve been forced to submit and do something you did not want to do. Is it harder or easier to submit to someone you love and respect? Why?

  • Have you ever learned something of great value when you allowed yourself to submit to people who are older and more experienced? How did that lesson impact your life?

Read 1 Peter 5:5 and John 13:4-17. As you read, think about the meaning of “cloth” – a servant’s apron and think about what Jesus did with his disciples the night of his arrest.

  • Put yourself in the shoes of Peter – What was he experiencing? How did it impact what he wrote in 1 Peter 5:5?

  • Define in your own words - What pride is. What is humility?  Do your definitions align with how Jesus demonstrated this?

“At the heart of Christian ethic is humility; at the heart of its parodies, pride. Different roads with different destinations, and the destinations color the character of those who travel by them.” - NT Wright.

  • What stands out to you about the quote?  What challenges you about this quote? Share a time that you have seen a person display pride and/or humility.  How did that impact you?

  • Where do you begin to put on the apron of humility, grace, compassion, and love in your life?  What stands in the way of fully putting on the apron?  What impact would that have in your family, community, connecting with those from other generations? How would the church be reflected in our culture if we lived a life of humility?

Read the story in John 13:4-17 each day this week. Sit with it.

  • How is God showing you the pride in your life that can be resurrected to humility? 

Additional Resource:
  • Daily Steps
    We encourage you to check out 
    Daily Steps, our companion devotional guide for individual reflection, prayer, and meditation on related Scripture selections throughout the week! 



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