Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)

Context (From the Mind Session Page)

Take a few moments to discuss the human desire for power and status.

  • What do you think is at the root of our desire to “look out for Number One?”
  • What does it mean to have power or status in today’s world?
  • How can you see these desires at work in politics? In business? In the Church?

Content (From the Current Session Page)

Read aloud Mark 10:32-45 then play the Bible Background Video


Ask questions like these:

  • In what ways does what Jesus said prepare the disciples for His passion?
  • Why do you think James and John make a request like little children for anything they want?
  • If you were Jesus, how would you have responded to the initial request of James and John?
  • Why would people walking with Jesus have the same desire to be “on top” that we experience today?
  • Do you think that the other disciples were upset with James and John because they missed Jesus’ point or were they jealous that they did not ask Jesus first?
  • Why do you think the church is sometimes prone to count success as the world measures it: by finances, importance, and influence?
  • Why is it so hard to connect following with serving?

Closure (from the Current Session page)

Share together the Washington Post Story and ask:

  • As you look at this image of the Pope touching the prisoner’s hand what most stands out to you and why?
  • If there is a model for Christian living in this image, what is it?
  • Pope Francis said to the prisoners, ““I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother, to share your situation and to make it my own.” In what ways is this like Jesus’ challenge for disciples to participate in suffering?
    -In what ways is this like Christian ministry as you have experienced or envisioned it?
    -The idea of sharing someone’s situation is powerful. What can participation teach us, and how can it transform us?
  • How do you feel about the image of every person having “dirty feet” in need of washing?
  • What does Christian humility, as you’ve experienced it, look like?

Pray together to discover ways to give yourself away and participate in the life of someone else.

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