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Introduction.

The gospel of Mark portrays Jesus as a Servant on the move. Using the word “immediately” over 40 times, he shows Jesus ministering. Obedient to the Father’s will, Jesus preaches the good news, heals the sick, teaches his followers, and performs miracles. All the while, he heads toward his sacrificial death on the cross. Mark 10:45 sums up his mission: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark’s gospel reveals Jesus to be the perfect Servant and the perfect Sacrifice. Those who receive him as the good news, are empowered to serve in his name.

 

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SERIES TITLE: Serve Somebody

PART NINE:  Suffering

TEXT:  Mark 8:31-9:1

INTRODUCTION.

The gospel of Mark portrays Jesus as a Servant on the move. Using the word “immediately” over 40 times, he shows Jesus ministering. Obedient to the Father’s will, Jesus preaches the good news, heals the sick, teaches his followers, and performs miracles. All the while, he heads toward his sacrificial death on the cross. Mark 10:45 sums up his mission: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark’s gospel reveals Jesus to be the perfect Servant and the perfect Sacrifice. Those who receive him as the good news, are empowered to serve in his name.

DISCUSSION.

How do you think the average American views suffering and why?

EXAMINATION.

8:31-33

What four things does Jesus prophesy about himself here?

Why do you think Peter rebuked Jesus?

Do we have any hint that the other disciples reacted similarly to Peter?

Why did Jesus react so strongly?           

8:34-38

Based on these verses, what is involved in being a follower of Christ?           

When Jesus refers to taking up the cross, would the disciples have any reason to link that to Jesus’ prediction about his death? Why or why not?           

What does Jesus mean here when he says deny yourself?           

9:1

What do you think Jesus is referring to here and why?         

APPLICATION.

  • React to this statement. “If the settled state of your heart is that you don’t treasure Jesus and what he did for you on the cross, if you do not prize him above everything else, you are in fact ashamed of him.”
  • How does the cross inform your understanding of suffering?
  • In what way can God use suffering to bring about growth in your life?
  • Do you think it is important to let people know that there is a cost to following Jesus? Why or why not?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do? 

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