Introduction (Mark 10:31, 35-45)
"But many who are first will be last, and the last first." - (Mark 10:31)
- Only One can be First (Mark 9:33-35 | Luke 22:24-27).
- The First are Killers (Luke 9:52-55 | Matt 5:21-22).
- The Last are Servants .
- The Transforming power of being last.
- First, Adjust our Attitudes (Phil 2:3-11).
- Second, Adjust our Actions (John 13:1-5, 15-17).
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. - (John 13:1-5 NIV)
"For I have given you an example..." - (John 13:15)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read a selection of the passenges above...
Why was it necessary for Jesus to come in poverty rather than power in His first advent?
In what ways do we seek to be first in the world? In the Church?
If we should not seek to be first in the Church, how should one lead?
Is it an exaggeration to say those who seek to be first are killers?
Consider these verses:
- Luke 9:53-55
1 Samuel 25:10-13, 21-22
2 Samuel 11:14-17
Luke 22:36-38, 49-51
- What are some ways people serve? Are we susceptible to involving ourselves in “activities” as a substitute for serving?
Why, in God’s economy, are the last not losers? Why, in the world’s eyes, might we look like losers?
What are some ways we can adjust our attitudes? About who and what do we need to adjust our attitudes?
What are some ways we can adjust our actions?
Will our actions matter if we have not first adjusted our attitudes, i.e., the motives of our hearts?
“For I have given you an example….”
Pray for one another.