Worship Service 23 September 2018
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Laverne Wiginton
Delivered On
September 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 9:30-37
Features of Discipleship


Proverbs 31:10-31

Psalm 1:1-6

James 3:13-4:3,7

Mark 9:30-37

Proverbs 31:10-31 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

The Excellent Woman

10 Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband trusts her completely.
    She gives him all the important things he needs.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She chooses wool and flax.
    She loves to work with her hands.
14 She is like the ships of traders.
    She brings her food from far away.
15 She gets up while it is still night.
    She provides food for her family.
    She also gives some to her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it.
    She uses some of the money she earns to plant a vineyard.
17 She gets ready to work hard.
    Her arms are strong.
18 She sees that her trading earns a lot of money.
    Her lamp doesn’t go out at night.
19 With one hand she holds the wool.
    With the other she spins the thread.
20 She opens her arms to those who are poor.
    She reaches out her hands to those who are needy.
21 When it snows, she’s not afraid for her family.
    All of them are dressed in the finest clothes.
22 She makes her own bed coverings.
    She is dressed in fine linen and purple clothes.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate.
    There he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen clothes and sells them.
    She supplies belts to the traders.
25 She puts on strength and honor as if they were her clothes.
    She can laugh at the days that are coming.
26 She speaks wisely.
    She teaches faithfully.
27 She watches over family matters.
    She is busy all the time.
28 Her children stand up and call her blessed.
    Her husband also rises up, and he praises her.
29 He says, “Many women do excellent things.
    But you are better than all the others.”
30 Charm can fool you. Beauty fades.
    But a woman who has respect for the Lord should be praised.
31 Give her honor for all that her hands have done.
    Let everything she has done bring praise to her at the city gate.

Psalms 1:1-6

Psalm 1

Blessed is the person who obeys the law of the Lord.
    They don’t follow the advice of evil people.
They don’t make a habit of doing what sinners do.
    They don’t join those who make fun of the Lord and his law.
Instead, the law of the Lord gives them joy.
    They think about his law day and night.
That kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water.
    It always bears its fruit at the right time.
Its leaves don’t dry up.
    Everything godly people do turns out well.

Sinful people are not like that at all.
    They are like straw
    that the wind blows away.
When the Lord judges them, their life will come to an end.
    Sinners won’t have any place among those who are godly.

The Lord watches over the lives of godly people.
    But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.

James 3:13-4:3 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Is anyone among you wise and understanding? That person should show it by living a good life. A wise person isn’t proud when they do good deeds. 14 But suppose your hearts are jealous and bitter. Suppose you are concerned only about getting ahead. Then don’t brag about it. And don’t say no to the truth. 15 Wisdom like this doesn’t come down from heaven. It belongs to the earth. It doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit. It comes from the devil. 16 Are you jealous? Are you concerned only about getting ahead? Then your life will be a mess. You will be doing all kinds of evil things.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it. And that’s not all. It also loves peace. It thinks about others. It obeys. It is full of mercy and good fruit. It is fair. It doesn’t pretend to be what it is not. 18 Those who make peace plant it like a seed. They will harvest a crop of right living.

Obey God

4 Why do you fight and argue among yourselves? Isn’t it because of your sinful desires? They fight within you. You want something, but you don’t have it. So you kill. You want what others have, but you can’t get what you want. So you argue and fight. You don’t have what you want, because you don’t ask God. When you do ask for something, you don’t receive it. That’s because you ask for the wrong reason. You want to spend your money on your sinful pleasures.

Mark 9:30-37 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Jesus Speaks a Second Time About His Coming Death

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were. 31 That was because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men. They will kill him. After three days he will rise from the dead.” 32 But they didn’t understand what he meant. And they were afraid to ask him about it.

Who Is the Most Important Person?

33 Jesus and his disciples came to a house in Capernaum. There he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet. On the way, they had argued about which one of them was the most important person.

35 Jesus sat down and called for the 12 disciples to come to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last. They must be the servant of everyone.”

36 Jesus took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took the child in his arms. He said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me.”


The Pastor's Summary of Mark 9:30-37

the disciples have failed to cure an epileptic boy of an unclean spirit; this has led to them being puzzled. After Jesus cures him, they ask: how could you cure him but we could not? Jesus tells then: that kind of healing requires the power of prayer; it can't be done by earthly means.

Now, as they travel from Casesarea Philippi to Jeruslaem, the re-enter Jewish territory. Jesus again wishes to avoid partial understanding of him and his mission. He again teaches that he, the Son of Man is to be killed, but adds one new idea: he is to be betrayed or handed over to people; this is part of God's plan. Both his suffering and betrayal are so beyond the undersanding of the disciples that they dare not reveal their ignorance.

Jesus now teaches more about being his followers. the disciples have been arguing over rank. Jesus says, in effect: to be my disciples, you must abandon seeking position and prestige. He takes an example to welcome a child in my name is to welcome me, and indeed God. In Aramaic and Greek the word for child is the same as for servant, so may also speak of welcoming a servant, one sent by his master. If so, Jesus is saying: whoever receives the servant receives the master. Whoever receives a child receives Jesus and whoever receives Jesus receives God, who sent him. Both child and servant are without status. They are unable to repay a kindness, in earthly terms.