Equipping For Ministry

 

Mark 9:30-37

 

What did the disciples not understand that they needed to understand to be equipped for ministry?

 

1. They did not understand Jesus' prediction of His death and resurrection.

 

Mark 9:32

 

The expected Him to set up a political kingdom.

 

They didn't know that Jesus' death and resurrection would make a spiritual kingdom possible.

 

2. They did not understand the concept of true greatness.

 

The disciple’s preoccupation with their own greatness gave Jesus another teaching opportunity.

 

Mark 9:35 ...."If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."

 

Jesus said greatness is determined not by position but by servant hood.

 

Instead of using people, we are to serve them.

 

3. They did not understand the need to help the helpless.

 

Mark 9:37

 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be willing to give ourselves to the helpless even though those folks will be unable to repay the kindness.