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Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness (Growing Gospel Integrity)

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Cultivating Humility in a Gospel-Centered Way

There are many misconceptions about what it means to be humble. Some think that being humble means hiding your talents and abilities or being weak and inauthentic. But the Bible paints a different picture—defining humility as a self-forgetfulness leading to joy and explaining that it is a life-giving virtue that frees you from the restricting needs of your ego.

In Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness, Gavin Ortlund encourages readers that humility is not just an abstract virtue but a mark of gospel integrity. Ortlund examines humility both on a personal level and in the context of the church, giving examples of ways to cultivate it—including meditation on the gospel and practicing intentional gratitude. Drawing from Philippians 2 and historical texts such as C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and Jonathan Edwards’s sermon “A Christian Spirit Is a Humble Spirit,” Ortlund defines humility in light of the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ, casting a vision for a gospel-centered, humble life.

First Book in the Growing Gospel Integrity Series: Created in partnership with Union School of Theology

Written by Gavin Ortlund: Author of Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future and Finding the Right Hills to Die On: The Case for Theological Triage

For Small Groups and Individual Study: Questions at the end of each chapter encourage small group discussion

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  • Defines humility in light of the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ
  • Examines humility both on a personal level and in the context of the church
  • Features questions for small group discussion
  • Series Preface
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Why We Misunderstand Humility
  • Part 1: Cultivating Personal Humility
  • Chapter 1: How the Gospel Defines Humility
  • Chapter 2: How the Gospel Fuels Humility
  • Chapter 3: 10 Practices to Kill Pride
  • Part 2: Cultivating Humility in Our Church Life
  • Chapter 4: Humility in Leadership: Creating a Culture of Freedom
  • Chapter 5: Humility among Peers: Overcoming Envy and Competition
  • Chapter 6: Humility toward Leaders: Understanding What Submission Really Means
  • Conclusion: Joy as the Acid Test of Humility
  • Epilogue: Humility in Social Media Engagement
  • Title: Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness (Growing Gospel Integrity)
  • Author: Gavin Ortlund
  • Series: Growing Gospel Integrity
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-06-22T20:33:18Z

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Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He was previously a research fellow for the Creation Project at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals and Anselm’s Pursuit of Joy.




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