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Mark 10.35-45

Mark 10.35-45


Sermon: Seek Servant Leadership
Bible Passage: Mark 10.35-45

I. The problem with the disciples of Jesus:

1.They were trying to leverage their relationship with Jesus for their personal benefit (10:35-37)
2. They were near-sighted, self-focused, and suffered a sense of entitlement
3. Jesus’ uses their immaturity to teach them a lesson on Christian leadership which is completely different from worldly leadership (10:42-45)
4. Jesus teaches that

a. Greatness does not lie in positions of power and recognition that may be used for one’s own personal benefit (10:42)
b. But greatness lies in seeking to serve others (10:43)
c. And, it [greatness] lies in their willingness to be “bond slaves” to others (10:44)

II. Theology of the passage

1. Christ followers must not desire positions of authority to lord over others
2. But they must desire positions of authority to serve others
3. Because serving others exemplifies Christ’s model for greatness
4. It is biblical servanthood
5. Jesus teaches that positions of power and recognition must not become a hindrance to fulfill their ultimate call

III. Jesus appears to tell His disciples that the ultimate test of following him lies in doing what Jesus is going to do (10:45)

1. That is, to give His life as a ransom for many
2. When His disciples were trying to leverage their relationship for personal benefit, Jesus calls them to imitate him

IV. The Essence of the passage : Imitate Jesus (10:45)

1. (what do we imitate?)

a. Absence of entitlement (Jesus did not say that I am entitled because I am the Messiah)
b. When offered position and status, Jesus ignored it because He had long-sight (Power and positions can be detriment to the ministry to which God has called you)
c. Jesus sought to make others life better

2. Where can you practice servant leadership?

a. At home (How may I serve you?)
b. At work (How may I serve you?)
c. At school (How may I serve you?)
d. At Crossroad Church (How may I serve you?)

3. How does “servanthood” take place?
Instead of commanding and handing down orders, ask, “How could I help you?”

Take Away

Imitate Jesus

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at