Passage: Mark 10:35-45, Jn 13:1-17
Key verse: Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1. What is a sinful motive for wanting to be a leader (Mk 10:37)? How do leaders exercise their authority in the world, and with what result (Mk 10:42)? How should Jesus’ disciples be different (Mk 10:43-44)? What is Jesus’ example (Mk 10:45)?
2. Though Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, how did he demonstrate his authority (Jn 13:3-11)? What example should Jesus’ disciples follow (Jn 13:12-17)? How can we wash one another’s feet (1Pe 4:8; Col 3:13)? Do we need a leadership position to practice this?
3. Where does leadership come from, and for what purpose (Eph 4:11-13)? What should be the motive, attitude and reward for a servant leader (1Pe 5:1-4)?
4. What can we learn from Peter and Paul in regard to servant leadership (Ac 1:15-26; 1Pe 5:1; Phm 12; 1Co 11:1)?
5. How can you apply servant leadership in your life and ministry? Think about the context of your family, workplace, Christian fellowship and world mission.