In the conversation for Sunday, March 26, 2017, Pastors Stuart Nice and Kim Nowlin share with us that in order to have the greatest kingdom impact we must find the openness to ask revealing questions of ourselves, the humility to walk Jesus' way, and the commitment be a student of how to relation to those around us.
You Can't Be Great Without Being Least
They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:33-37, NASB
A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading.
Don't ever let anyone call you Teacher. Don't let people put you on a pedestal like that. You have only one teacher and all of you are on the same level as brothers and sisters. Don't set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God. And don't address anyone here on earth as 'Father,' for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don't let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ. The greatest among you must be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you'll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you're content to simply be yourself, your life will really count.
Matthew 23:8-12, NLT & The Message combo