Mark #36 : Jesus and Humility
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Mark 9:30-41

What does it mean to be great? In life we are fixated on being the best, most successful, or the greatest. However, Jesus’ definition of greatness is far different than what most would think. In this sermon Pastor Byron continues our series The Simple Gospel: A Study in the Book of Mark, by showing us what true greatness really means. It is our prayer that this message will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

Mark 9:30-41

Take 5 minutes to silently read over the section of scripture to gather insight, questions, or discussion with the group before answering the questions.


1. Jesus yet again predicts His death and resurrection to His disciples, but they were too afraid to ask for understanding. Why is Jesus preparing their hearts? How does Jesus do the same for us?

2. The disciples were silent because they were arguing about who was the greatest. Do you see these same arguments happening within the church today? What lesson can we learn from the disciples?

3. How does Jesus redefine greatness and seeking reward? How does this differ from worldly thinking that affects our lives?

4. What does Jesus mean when He says, “if they are not against us, they are for us”? How should this prevent spiritual pride between churches and Christians?

5. Jesus redefines what greatness means through an illustration of serving. How has serving others shown you what true greatness looks like?

This week your challenge is to find a place in the church to serve. If you are not yet on a serve team, connect with another member of your group to serve alongside them. If you are on a team already, request to one time serve in an area outside of your current role. Come ready to discuss your experience next week at dinner.