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Week Eighteen: The Unexpected Greatness

May 22, 2016 Preacher: Jeff Vanderstelt Series: The Unexpected Jesus - Missing the Messiah

Topic: Gospel Passage: Mark 9:30–9:50

Week Eighteen: The Unexpected Greatness

Passage: Mark 9:30-50


The greatest in the kingdom are not the first but the last – the servant of all. Mark wants us to see that Jesus is the servant of all. Jesus shows that whoever receives a child in his name receives Jesus and the one who sent him. The same is true for those who are doing works in Jesus’ name, regardless of whether they were part of the known crowd of disciples. Then Jesus goes on to show that it would be better to lose parts of your body than to cause a little one to sin or to sin yourself. There is a radical nature to becoming less in the world so that you can be of great use in the Kingdom.

True greatness is less than, not greater than others

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