Talks for Growing Christians
The Lord Jesus Teaches His Disciples Not to Have a Sectarian Spirit
Lesson Number 39
- Understanding the meaning of the cross is of utmost importance.
- Greatness in the Kingdom of God is determined by humble service
- A sectarian spirit which causes stumbling is serious sin.
- Let's not be too quick to judge another's salvation.
- Even our cups of water will be rewarded.
- Why were the disciples afraid to ask the Lord about His coming death and resurrection?
- What prompted John to speak out as he did, in the midst of a teaching session?
- What was the focus of the Lord's teaching during these final days?
- Was Jesus referring to Judas when He said, "The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men"?
- What does the cross mean? That a good man was accused and crucified unjustly?
- What was the Lord Jesus teaching about greatness in the kingdom of God? Were the disciples quick to learn this lesson?
- Were the disciples ashamed? If so, why?
- The Lord had recently rebuked them for their lack of understanding.
- Perhaps because of the mention of "My name." Jesus said that no one doing a miracle in His name could speak evil of Him.
- His coming death and resurrection.
- No. This was God's plan of salvation.
- No. It means a perfect man, Jesus, was sent by God to die on the cross for us, and to be raised in victory over sin and death.
- That greatness is determined by humble service. No, nor are we.
- Yes. "They kept silent." They knew that they had the wrong attitude about greatness.
- Do you fully understand the meaning of the cross? Write out your thoughts.
- What does it mean to have a sectarian spirit? Have you ever had this kind of a spirit toward another believer?
- What do you understand about Jesus' teaching concerning greatness in the kingdom of God? How does this impact your life? When have you given a cup of water in Jesus' name?
- "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward." (Mark 9:41)