TiO 15 – The Art of Relationship – The Lost Art of Promotion


The Main Idea

We all want people to notice the good things that we do and respect us for what we have done. But the path to promotion and respect (favour) is not what society (the world) had taught us. Instead, it is through obedience to God and humility before other people..

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: What do you aspire to?

Q2: What is the oddest job you have ever encountered?

Q3: What is the “path to promotion” in your current job?

The Word

Read the main passage aloud: Luke 2:51-52

Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

Mike’s primary thesis was this: our favour with other people and with God is built on obedience and on humility, that is, if we strive to attain favour we will not get it but if we live lives of obedience and humility then it will come naturally.

Q1: How does favour relate to ambition, that is, our desire to “climb the corporate ladder” or to attain positions of authority?

Q2: Is it possible to be both humble and powerful? If so, how would that look in real life?

Q3: What do you aspire to? What is the best pathway for you to reach your goals?


Take some time to pray together about how you pursue promotion and favour in your life.

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