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What Jesus Hates Most [Mark 9:38-50]

Instead of having to fight for domination and control, we are invited to a life of acceptance and peace.

Main Ideas:
[01:13] Our level of acceptance is usually contingent on our level of conformity
[02:03] Often the Church tries to control and dominate in the name of God.
[02:45] Control and domination might produce conformity but sacrificial acceptance creates love and peace.
[04:58] Jesus flips our criteria of who’s in and who’s out.
[07:41] Pride and superiority breed abuse and domination
[09:25] What Jesus hates most is people experiencing hate in his name.
[12:08] To really be a Jesus Follower we have to sacrifice anything that makes us think we are superior.
[14:28] If we think following Jesus makes us superior to anyone else then we don’t know the first thing about following Jesus.
[15:23] The Church is not to be a superior, elitist clique but an inviting community of love and peace.
[19:17] True life isn’t about fighting and winning but about serving and loving.

[17:37] Discover the Jesus way…
1. Accept Jesus’ love for you and the world… John 3 vv.16-17
2. Take Jesus’ words seriously… Matthew 5-7
3. Allow the Spirit of God to produce his fruit in your heart and life… Galatians 5 vv.22-23

Discussion Questions:
1. What are some examples of ways people try to dominate or control others in the name of their beliefs or ideologies?
– Have you ever felt pressured to conform to a certain group’s criteria for acceptance? How did it make you feel?

2. Read John 3 vv.16-17. What words stand out? How do you think this passage relates to the ideas presented in this message?

3. Jesus told his disciples to evaluate themselves instead of judging others. Why do you think it’s often difficult to evaluate ourselves and our motives honestly?

4. How could we create a community that embodies sacrificial acceptance, love, and peace rather than dominance and control? What practical steps can we take to foster such a community?

5. How can your group pray with you this week?



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