September 23

Introduction

  1. What one childhood quality would you like to recapture?

Reflect

  1. As a disciple, how would you feel when Jesus asked about the argument?

  2. Why does Jesus use a child as an object lesson on true greatness in the kingdom?

  3. How does Jesus’ command in verse 35 relate to Paul’s command in Romans 12:3, Romans 12:10, and Philipians 2:3-4

Jesus assumed the posture of a teacher and sat down (v. 35). He felt the need to move into “teacher mode” to correct bad thinking on the part of his disciples. He’d overheard the commotion behind him on the way to Capernaum (disciples in the first century followed behind their rabbi). Jesus explained to his closest followers how “upside down” things are in his kingdom. Leaders become servants. The first become last. In Jesus’ value system, being ahead of others was not a place one desired to be. In his value system, others were to be placed in a more prominent position. In that position, they were to be served and honored. It sounds a lot like the environment the apostle Paul was teaching in Romans 12 and Philippians 2. Is this the kind of environment that God wants to create in CSP or in your small group? What’s keeping that from happening? Hopefully, it isn’t you.

Apply

  1. How does success “Jesus-style” differ from the ideas of success pressing on you?

  2. What would it mean for you to reflect verses 35-37 in your family? Your church? Your small group?

  3. What member of CSP could you honor this week? What would honoring that person look like?

  4. Have you been guilty of not showing love and kindness to someone in your group or in your church? How does God want you to respond to His command in these verses?

  5. Jesus commanded his disciples to be people who serve others, placing them first in priority. What would you have to adjust to be able to serve others in a greater way this week?