The Struggle With Pride (Mark 9:33-41)Murray Lean, May 6, 2012
Part of the Battles of the Heart and Mind series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Our modern culture has a problem! On the one hand we don't like "tall poppies", but on the other, our heroes and role models (eg. movie, rock and sporting stars) usually have a swagger. We don't know how to handle pride, and perhaps even sometimes see it as a virtue ......though we would never admit it. So how does a Christian deal with this sinful tendency which lurks beneath the surface of every one of us? In today's passage Jesus had to confront His disciples as they argued about which of them "was the greatest". Join us as Pastor Murray takes us to the heart of Jesus' teaching about this very important issue.
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33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. (ESV)