April 16, 2023
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Story Focus: In Philippians 2:3-8, Paul explains how Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. He writes, “As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did. . . . He was humble and obeyed God completely. He did this even though it led to his death.” (NIrV) As God’s Son, Jesus is equal with God, but instead of using that to His advantage, Jesus became one of us. He put us first and made a way for us to have a relationship with God.
Bottom Line: Put others first because Jesus put you first. When it comes to our interactions with others, we should remember what Jesus did for us. Rather than thinking that we’re the best or that we deserve the most, we should remember that Jesus deserved everything, but gave it up because He loved us so much. When we put others first, we show them a glimpse of what Jesus did for the entire world.
Key Question: What are some ways you’ve put others first? If we’re honest, I think we’d all say that it can be difficult sometimes to put others first. However, there’s a good chance we’ve all put someone else first at some point in our lives. We want preteens to start their Small Group time thinking about those big and small ways they’ve chosen to show humility and put others first. We hope that through remembering these moments from the past, they’ll be inspired to look for ways they can keep putting others first.