Do you default more naturally to the idol of self-esteem or to the idol of self-sufficiency? Why might that be the case?
Those who believe in the idol of self-esteem conceive of happiness as a state of emotions. What might be some of the problems that we can run into if we are working just to preserve an emotional state?
Do you admire the "self-made man"? Why? What might happen if we apply these principles to our spiritual lives?
If the idol of self-esteem is about cultivating and keeping a sense of self based on assertion ("I am good enough because I say so!"), how does Jesus provide an identity that avoids some of the pitfalls of the idol of self-esteem?
If the idol of self-sufficiency is about "applying the technology of morality" (as Tim Keller put it) to fix ourselves, how does Jesus provide a solution better than self-mastery?