Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

By Gavin Ortlund, Series edited by Michael Reeves

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Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

By Gavin Ortlund, Series edited by Michael Reeves

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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 


Gavin Ortlund

Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He is the author of several books, including Anselm's Pursuit of Joy and Retrieving Augustine's Doctrine of Creation. Gavin and his wife, Esther, have five children. 

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 112
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 7.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8230-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8230-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433582301
Case Quantity: 10
Published: January 10, 2023

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why We Misunderstand Humility

Part 1: Cultivating Personal Humility
Chapter 1: The Incarnation Is the Supreme Act of 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: How to Create a Culture of Freedom
Chapter 5: Humility Among Peers: Pursuing Encouragement Rather than 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