on humility, the cross and some other stuff thrown in there :-D
there is so much to look at and think about here that i dont know where to start, and i hope that i am not too long winded (even in type) as i randomly try to think stuff through, but here goes.
starting off Stott says we need to seriously look at both the "seriousness of sin" and the "majesty of God"... and really when we can look at these I think that humility is all that there is room left for. It seems like the more we see who God is and His perfect and scary Holiness, well thats when we can see how imperfect, dirty and small we are. If we can really look at who we are then we can realize that we are nothing and that God is everything, and I guess when we get to that point there is really no room for pride.
The Holiness and the wrath of God seems so crucial to this point, because without them our sin doesnt seem too bad and we look like maybe we could make do on our own. And we dont really talk about a wrathful God all that much, because honestly who wouldnt rather talk about happy, loving Jesus all day? Stott quotes Hab. on page 104 it says that God is "too pure to look on evil." its just something that i've been thinking about and still trying to understand....
so far as building humility in ourselves and in our community... and what it looks like to live it out... i just get the word honesty. like pure honesty and openess with who we are and the crap that we've done. being honest about who God is and how short we fall down- and how AWESOME that makes God's grace. learning to be open and honest with each other and holding each other accountable to that.
and (honestly...) this isnt something i am wicked great at all the time, but thats the idea that i'm getting about humility and as i read this book... i'm looking forward to see what other stuff you guys are thinking about!