Sermons on Humility
In Philippians 2:5-11 contains one of the most glorious descriptions of the incarnation in the entire Bible. This doctrine, however, is also intensely practical. Christ, being fully God and yet emptying himself and submitting to death, is the greatest example of humility the world has ever seen or will ever see. Christ becomes the pattern for his people and their motivation for humility. Implicitly the text promises, if you humble yourself like Christ, you will also be exalted like him.
Augustine tells us that the first, second, and third principles of the Christian life are humility, humility, and humility. In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul exhorts the Church to humility on the basis of the benefits of the gospel. Biblical humility is considering others before ourselves and seeking to serve them and meet their needs.
In Matthew 15:21-28 Christ heals a Canaanite woman’s daughter. Before the healing happens Christ implicitly calls her a dog, since she is a Canaanite. Rather than taking offense, she continues to plead with Christ for healing. Her humble faith amazes Christ and is a model for us today.