MAG Weekly Small Group Material

The Sacrificial Man


(McMinnville Area Arena Gathering) 

“Think of Yourself, Less”

6:15    Prelude (music)

6:30    Welcome, Announcements, Rules, and Prayer (Dale)

  1. Fill out info cards.
  2. Offering Box
  3. Greeting Time
  4. JUNE 15: End of the Year-end BBQ here

6:40    Prayer and Share (Jim)

Baptism Announcement survey

6:45    Message (Isaac)          “Think of Yourself, Less”

7:10    Table Groups

Opening Prayer



Round Table Question

This is an opportunity for every man to share a 45-second thought about the question of the week.


What is the difference between service and sacrifice?


For the overseer must not (be) self-willed.

Titus 1:7


Introduction to Today’s study from The Full Capacity Man.

Remember, each study takes the original Greek word and translates it into one positive English work—in this case, an antonym. The word Paul uses to describe the “self-willed” man is the compound Greek word authade, which comes from autos, or self and hedomai, meaning “take one’s pleasure.” It is where we get the word hedonist. Together, authade is, “self-pleasing, self-willed, arrogant, or overbearing.”

This is an ugly picture of the man who is dominated by self-interest, is inconsiderate of others, and arrogantly asserts his own will.  The self-willed man is like a self-walled man—he builds the world around himself. He lives his dream to the neglect of others. He is obsessed with personal gain, pleasure, and his agenda at the expense of others.  In sports, we call this person a prima donna. He’s not a team player because he doesn’t care about anyone but himself, his accolades, and personal recognition.


Share a story about a time you made a great sacrifice for someone you loved? How do (did) you sacrifice yourself for those you love?


“It is one thing to serve others through prayer, giving financially, or volunteerism, and I’m not discounting those vital components of our faith.  But sacrifice is different because of the cost involved. If it doesn’t hurt deeply—if it doesn’t cause you to stop, pause, and pray—then it probably isn’t sacrificing. When was the last time you took a great risk for God that cost you—deeply—more than you could have ever imagined?  Full capacity men learn to sacrifice not because they think less of themselves, but because they think of themselves, less.”              —Excerpt from Full Capacity Man


In Titus 1:7 Paul used the word authade to describe what a man should not be (It is addressed in detail above). Authade can be translated, as “Self-willed” (KJV, NASB, NKJV), “overbearing” (NIV), or “arrogant” (ESV, HCSB, NLT). Which of these do you resonate with the most, and why?


“The prohibition is to a large extent, excluding self-opinion, or overweening conceit of parts and abilities, and abounding in one’s sense—self-love, and self-seeking, making self the center of all—also self-confidence and trust, and self-pleasing, little regarding or setting by others—being proud, stubborn, forward, inflexible, set on one’s own will and way.”

— Matthew Henry


The only other time authade is mentioned in the New Testament (besides Titus 1:7) is in 2 Peter 2:10-11. How do you interpret “self-willed” in the context of these two passages?


“He obstinately maintains his own opinion, or asserts his rights, while he is reckless of the rights, opinions, and interests of others.”

—R.C. Trench, Describing Authade

What does Paul mean by “holy sacrifice” as a “spiritual act of worship”?

Romans 12:1


Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.


“The film Titanic and its fictional account of the tragic 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic where 1514 died tragically. Fictional because, in the movie, the lead actress is engaged to a cowardly millionaire who steals a place on a lifeboat, ultimately costing a woman or child their life. But the movie purposely neglects the hundreds of brave men who willingly sacrificed their lives for women and children. Of the 2,224 people aboard the Titanic that infamous night, only 710 survived—1347 of those who died were men! Only 103 women perished in the tragedy, mostly trapped in the lower decks. Men went down with the ship to sacrifice themselves for others.  They never flinched. They never thought twice about sacrificing their lives. Make a movie about that.”              —Excerpt from Full Capacity Man


How is the death of self through Christian surrender critical for the sacrificial man?

John 12:24-25, Galatians 2:20, and 6:14


“Please Lord, help me get one more.”

—Desmond Doss (1919 –2006)

Medal of Honor recipient

Movie, Hacksaw Ridge


“In history, the insurmountable numbers of those who have sacrificed themselves to serve others are overwhelmingly men. Men have willingly laid down their lives for others. It is just as true today. Watch the news. When catastrophe strikes, it is almost always men who come to the rescue. It always will be.


“Because God has wired men, strong men, to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. When the world needs someone to think of themselves less, to the risking of their lives, it is almost always a man.”

                                                            —Excerpt from Full Capacity Man


How is love for God and people a motivator for sacrifice?

John 10:10-11 and 15:13


“Think of yourself, less.”                               —Excerpt from Full Capacity Man


“Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.”

—C.S. Lewis



What do the following verses teach about Christian sacrifice? Ephesians 5:1-2, Hebrews 13:15-16, and 1 Peter 2:5


“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice and is never the result of selfishness.”                                     —Napoleon Hill.


Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

—Philippians 2:6-8

“It’s not about you.”

—Rick Warren

Purpose Driven Life


Do you have any strained relationships because of your unwillingness

to sacrifice?


7:55                Debrief and Prayer (Jim or Ben)


8:00                End