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Unformatted text preview: The Upside-down way of God First is Last I. Intro a. So much of what Jesus taught is the opposite of the way people think b. Who is someone you would consider successful? b.i. Can we all agree that we would have to work our way up to them to be considered as successful as them? b.ii. Jesus never really talked about success as something you ascend to, but as something you descend to c. Most of the things that we think we know are good, Jesus teaches the opposite d. Gods ways are not our ways e. The first is last e.i. Goes against everything thats inside of us e.ii. Instinct to want to finish first, to be first in line, to be the first one to get something e.iii. Everything in us does not want to be last at anything e.iv. What it really means to be first e.v. 39% of high school students say that yeah without a doubt when I grow up Im going to be famous e.v.1. Weve all probably thought this or dreamt of this at some point e.v.1.a. Had these role models in our mind and we set this goal to be like them when we get older e.vi. People are crazy about celebrities e.vi.1. We know all these weird things about celebrities, and were fascinated by it e.vi.2. Cribs, tmz, extra, interviews e.vi.3. We put them on a pedestal II. Mark 9 a. Famous defined: widely known, honored for achievement, celebrated a.i. Thats whats going on in this chapter, arguing on whos going to be the best disciple b. Verse 33-35 (ends with jesus saying first is last) b.i. Doesnt condemn them for wanting to be the greatest, but shows them how c. Disciples just came down of the mount of transfiguration (saw Moses, Elijah appearing in front of them) c.i. Probably feel pretty good about themselves, like theyre at the top, hung out with Jesus and 2 of the greatest prophets of the old testament c.ii. They knew they were great but they wanted to know who was in first place d. A lot of people have that focus (who will the leading scorer, who will be at the top of their class, who has the best grade on a test) d.i. When were kids and we get a medal or a trophy it was a big thing were like omg Im the best I got a trophy d.ii. Its somewhere within us that the way we become great is by winning, or receiving recognition e. Jesus takes this and turns it upside down e.i. Not about getting the best seat in the house, or being first in line, or getting the biggest piece of cake, or getting a promotion at work f. Mark 10:31 f.i. If we really think about this verse in terms of eternity, how would we live our life? f.ii. To be famous in heaven you go to the back of the line, you serve in ways nobody notices, you show people Gods love who dont even say thank you f.ii.1. Constantly doing the opposite of what feels right f.iii. Famous faces on the red carpet f.iii.1. Clooney, Hanks, Jolie, we know those faces instantly, people as them who theyre wearing, wanting to do interviews with them f.iv. Missionaries f.iv.1. Some could walk in here none of us would even know who they were, probably wouldnt get asked to do a lot of interviews...
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- Summer '97