Mark - The Descent Into Greatness

3-10-19 Sermon

Series: Mark - The Descent Into Greatness

Passage: Mark 10:32-45

Key Theme: Called to serve, not be served


● Describe a time when you were truly served well by someone else.

● Can you describe a time when you or someone else spent a lot of energy jockeying for position within a team, company, etc. to the degree that you or they lost focus?


● In v.32-34 Jesus repeats once again the mission that lies ahead for him, but the disciples still aren’t least not well. Instead, they continue to think about, discuss, and even argue about who will be the greatest in the Kingdom, besides Jesus. How can self-serving thinking keep us from hearing the Lord?

● James and John were 2 of the 3 disciples closest to Jesus, the ones He spent the most time with. How are they misinterpreting Jesus’ decision to pull them in close to Him?

● How may have years of Egyptian and Roman rule shaped the way the disciples viewed authority and how rulers are to act?

● Read v.45. Discuss the Gospel implications of this passage.


● In what ways have you maybe been vying to be served rather than to serve? How can you apply v. 42-44 to help you to make changes?

● Describe what it would look like if the church truly understood “. ..whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all .”

● What is God teaching you and saying to you in this passage?