Activate – Part 3: The Greatest in The Kingdom

Activate – Part 3: The Greatest in The Kingdom

Mark 9:33-35

“After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, ‘What were you discussing out on the road?’ But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.” Mark 9:33-34 (p.770)

“He sat down, ‘Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.’” Mark 9:35 (p.770)

  • I Will Be The Servant of Everyone Else.

“But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” Luke 22:24 (p.805)

  1. See opportunities to serve.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” Philippians 2:3-4 (p.900)

  1. Serve and keep serving.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (p.894)

  1. Remember who you ultimately serve.

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2 (p.927)

Series Memory Verse: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 (p.760)

My Next Step this week:

_____ I will ask God every day to help me see opportunities and serve others daily.

_____ Today, I will sign up to serve with Alive Church.

Discussion/Groups Guide: Activate – Part 3 “The Greatest in the Kingdom”

Life Groups use this guide in th­eir discussion and study of the Weekend Talk. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • Who, in your opinion, is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) athlete? football player? basketball player? author? actor? singer? band? 
  • Who has exemplified great service to you? (This could be a person or, perhaps, an organization with great customer service, etc.) What made them great?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

One Thing: I Will Be The Servant Of Everyone Else.

Series Memory Verse: Matthew 28:19 (p.760) – The Great Commission.

  1. See opportunities to serve.
    • Read Mark 9:33-34 (p.770).
      • Why were Jesus’ disciples arguing?
      • Why didn’t they just ask Jesus?
  2. Serve and keep serving.
    • Read Galatians 5:13 (p.893).
      • How are we supposed to use our freedom?
      • Why is this even pointed out to us?
    • Read Galatians 6:9 (p.894).
      • What will it look like for us to “reap a harvest of blessings”?
  3. Remember who you ultimately serve.
    • Who do we ultimately serve? What makes you say that?
    • Read Mark 12:30-31(p.773) (the Great Commandment).
      • Where does this command begin?
    • Read Colossians 3:23 and Isaiah 37:16b.
      • What does working for the Lord look like in your life?
      • Why is it important to remember who we’re doing this for?

Digging Deeper

We have a Lord and King who interacts with us every day. Our jobs/roles may change over time, but Jesus does not. We are called to serve Him. When we serve Him, we must also be serving others. 

Picking up on the second of this week’s Next Step, have you ever wondered where to serve or what your gifts are?  Have you tried taking the test to learn about your spiritual gifts? Ask your church leaders if they have any kind of instrument that can help you do this. This will help you start to narrow down the field if you are not sure where to serve.

Your gifts can change over the years, so if you haven’t taken the test in a while it would be worthwhile doing it again.

Take a few minutes to look at how Jesus took on the role of a servant by washing the disciples’ feet: John 13:1-17. What stands out in the passage for you and why? Looking at verses 12-16, how does that compare with the passage we looked at the weekend Mark 9:33-35? How challenging do you find these verses? Do you struggle with them?

My Next Step This Week

_____ I will ask God every day to help me see opportunities and serve others daily.

_____ Today, I will sign up to serve with Alive Church.

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