A Proven Recipe for Humility

1 Corinthians 3:21–23


Pride is a recipe for disaster. In this lab, Pastor John tells how to cook the cuisine of humility.

Principle for Bible Reading

A Ground

A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

In This Lab

Pastor John focuses on the ground in 1 Corinthians 3:21. Why should we not boast in men? Because all things are ours in Christ.

For more information about negative/positive statements.


An Example

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.

Key Words

Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with: for, because, or since.


Study Questions

  1. What human have bragged about the most recently? Do you speak highly of that person to give them proper honor or has your boasting of them been to exalt yourself as in 1 Corinthians 3:21?
  2. What is the reason Paul gives for not boasting in men?
  3. What does it mean that “all things are yours?” How is it good that death is on the list of things that are yours? How can this reality affect you this week?