Park 4 : Matthew 20:20-28
Life Group Questions:
- How did your mom sacrifice for your family?
- How do you see the moms in your life wanting the best for their kids?
- Check out the mother in the text from this week. How did her well-meaning question set Jesus up for sharing about the kingdom of God?
- To whom did Jesus direct the answer to the question to?
- What were the brothers missing in what they were asking? What were they actually asking?
- Read verse 23. How do we reconcile what Jesus is saying in this verse?
- Read verses 26-28. What is required of us as believers and servant leadership? How are you living that out?
- In what ways can you be a servant leader?
- Do you know who you are in your relationship with Jesus?
- What in your life can you give up so others can know the love of God?
- How can our group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. – Matthew 20:20-22
KEEPING THINGS IN THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE:
- WE ARE CONFIDENT OF WHO WE ARE IN JESUS, SO WE CAN SERVE OTHERS AS WE FOLLOW JESUS.
23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” – Matthew 20:23
“As sinfully and culturally defined, pursuing greatness looks like this: Individuals motivated by self-interest, self-indulgence, and a false sense of self-sufficiency pursue selfish ambition for the purpose of self-glorification. Contrast that with the pursuit of true greatness as biblically defined: Serving others for the glory of God. This is the genuine expression of humility; this is true greatness as the Savior defined it.” – C.J. Mahaney 44
24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. – Matthew 20:24-25
- WE LOVE AND SERVE THROUGH EXAMPLE RATHER THAN RULE.
Jesus says… 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— – Matthew 20:26-27
- WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE WHAT WE LOVE, SO OTHERS CAN KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD.
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28