Setting the Theme
As a child, what was your favorite game? Did you play to win it or to simply have fun with others?
What genre of movie to you prefer (action, drama, comedy, etc.)? Talk about how you typically see competition expressed in movies of that style.
Approaching God’s Word
Pray that God would open our hearts and lives to His Word.
Read Luke 22:26-27
Engaging the Message
Either in Wednesday evening worship or by YouTube, engage the message for the week. The space below is intended for your personal notes and reflections.
• Robert Mulholland defines discipleship as “being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.”
• Jesus challenges the very places in our lives that are defined by a need for greatness so that he can redefine and conform us into his image, as servants for the sake of others.
Discuss one or more of the following with a friend or family member:
How do you think you might have participated in the “argument that arose” about greatness if you were one of the disciples in the upper room?
What might Jesus be saying to you when he speaks about being a servant (Luke 22:26-27)? What weapon might he be asking you to lay down for the sake of others?
How do you think Simon the Zealot was changed by being in relationship with Jesus? What has Jesus changed in you as you have followed him?
Talk about one or more of the following with people who can point you back to Jesus and His love for you.
Jesus challenges the very places in our lives that are defined by a need for greatness so that he can redefine and conform us into his image, as servants for the sake of others.
What one thing could you do in the next week to serve someone else in your life? What support do you need to begin?
What promise from Jesus do you need to act on what He is asking you to do?
Who could you invite to follow Jesus and serve others with you this week?
Daily / Word
Sunday Luke 22:26-27
Monday Luke 9:44-48
Tuesday Psalm 123
Wednesday Isaiah 66:1–2
Thursday 1 Corinthians 1:10–18
Friday Philippians 2:1-11
Saturday Luke 22:14–38
Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus Christ, your love for the disciples was on full display in the upper room that first Maundy Thursday. When they argued about greatness you did not let them continue but called them back to servanthood and humility.
I know how hard it is to walk the way of servanthood and humility as a disciple today. My heart often desires to be greatest at the expense of others in my life that need my selfless love in action.
Since I am so in need of your love and dependent on your grace, call me back to you today. Remind me that you are with me as one who serves and gives his life for my ransom. Forgive and change me as I walk with you so that I might be more like you, a servant for the sake of others.