Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: Pursue God's Brand of Greatness
Saturday, December 15, 2012
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The desire for greatness hung heavy in the air and descended hard on the disciples' conversation. As the Twelve ripped into one another "about who would be greatest among them" (v. 24), Jesus quickly calmed the storm by pointing out that greatness in the worldly kingdom is the polar opposite of greatness in God's kingdom. Then he punctuates his point: "Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant" (v. 26). Once again, Jesus drove home this truth: the values of this world are not the values that flow from the Kingdom of God.
Key Study Passage:
- How does the corporate world define greatness and leadership? How do you define greatness and leadership?
- Write down five words that embody or reflect Jesus' definition of greatness.
- Reflecting on Jesus' definition of greatness, think about someone you know who is a truly great man. What makes him great? What attitudes and actions demonstrate his greatness?
- This coming week keep your eyes open for examples of godly greatness.
Spend Time in Prayer: Repent of any ways you are buying into the world's definition of greatness; thank Jesus for modeling the way to true greatness; ask him to show you specific ways you can lead through serving.
24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25 Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called 'friends of the people.' 26 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. 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
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Prayer for the Week
Dear humble Savior, help me to understand that you were meek but never weak; by the power of your Spirit at work in me, may I perform great and mighty deeds in your name and for your glory.
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