The message at the centre of Mark: How you can be truly great

—The central question of Mark – 9:30–10:52

  • Andrew Fountain – Oct 21, 2017

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I want to tell a story from Mark and see how it spoke to me and can speak to you.

Overview of the 7 steps

  1. Begin with prayer
  2. Read through the day’s passage prayerfully
  3. Title
  4. List four or five events or facts
  5. Connections with previous?
  6. What does the passage teach?
  7. Message to me

Mark 9
Greatest = servant of all

  1. But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
  2. After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.
  3. He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
  4. “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 10 - Little Children

  1. Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them.
  2. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Mark 10 - We’re the greatest!

  1. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
  2. He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
  3. They said to him, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.”
  4. But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I experience?”

Mark 12
Greatest = servant of all

  1. Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them.
  2. But it is not this way among you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant,
  3. and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.
  4. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • 9:30 Jesus taught the about his death & resurrection
  • 9:33 They argued about who was the greatest
  • 9:35 Greatest=servant of all (He served a child)
  • Radical teaching about the kingdom
  • 10:13 Disciples stop children coming to Jesus, but Jesus blesses them
  • 10:17 Rich & Powerful man has to give up everything
  • 10:32 Jesus tells them about his death & resurrection
  • 10:35 James & John want to be first in the Kingdom
  • 10:41 Whoever wants to be great must become a servant
  • 10:46 A blind begger wants to come to Jesus but they stop him…

Mark 12

  1. Then he sat down opposite the offering box, and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts.
  2. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, worth less than a penny.
  3. He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the offering box than all the others.
  4. For they all gave out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.”

Be encouraged, Jesus sees everything you do!

  • If you want to become truly great, then you need to come to this Jesus as a little child rather than a self-important and self-confident person.
  • Give yourself entirely to him, trusting that as you lose your life by serving in his name, he will give it back to you in true greatness.