March 17, 2018
On Sunday Luke asked the question: “What is awesomeness? What is greatness?” How would you answer?
Discuss in your group the following:
Where is the world’s emphasis in the following areas? Eg: sport, fashion, business/career, media/social media, possessions (home, cars, etc), where we live? What do our friends say?
So what is great, truly great? How can we know? Who do we listen to?
How do we define what greatness is and what it looks like?
Read Mark 9:30-37.
Read Mark 10:35-45. Discuss the following:
Consider the following from Paul Tripp:
Sin fills us with a desire for our own greatness; sin presses us into the center of our universe; sin does make it all about us. You could argue that the most seductive idol of idols is the idol of self. That’s why it feels so good to win an argument; that’s why it feels so good to tell the best story; that’s why it feels good to drive a better car than your neighbor; that’s why it feels good to step over somebody as you walk up the ladder of success. Because somehow, sin causes you to forget God, to forget the reason that you were given breath, and to put yourself in the one place that you and I must never be – the center of our world. Somehow, someway, all of us do it!
Serving is the outworking of a ‘servants heart’. Where do we as Christians receive and begin developing this ‘heart’ to want to serve and bless others?
With the words above in mind, consider the following two illustrations.
With the Holy Spirit on the throne of our hearts what is the fruit and what are the results of self being in control? Discuss the futility of trying to serve in our own strength.
Consider and discuss in your group the difference between the worlds and God’s emphasis in the following: