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Hi Journey Kids families!

Jesus and his friends were walking along, and Jesus told his friends He was going to get arrested and killed, but that He would then rise from the dead.  That’s a pretty serious statement! The disciples then started to get into an argument. They were arguing about which one of them was the best…Probably because they wanted to be the boss when Jesus was gone. Say what????

“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.’” Mark 9:35 (NIrV)

Jesus informed them that there was a
different way to win.

Later a rich young man comes up to Jesus, and he
asks Jesus how he can have eternal life.

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. “You are missing one thing,” he said. “Go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor.…” Mark 10:21 (NIRV)

Jesus looked at this man with love, he wasn’t mad at him for being rich… He wanted him to win, to serve others. Jesus taught them that when you are on His team, winning looks a little different.

When you are ready to dig into the lesson, you can access the Journey Today show here.

Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:

Today’s Bible Story: Who’s the best? • Mark 9:30-10:52

Today’s Bottom Line/Big Idea: Keep a new scorecard

Today’s Key Verse: “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.’” Mark 9:35 (NIrV)

After the video lesson, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:

All of us have to decide at some point which team we’re going to play for.  Playing for Jesus’ team is hard, because almost none of us have a natural desire to serve others.  We’d all rather serve ourselves.  We think it’ll make us happy, but it’s crazy because we feel like serving ourselves is the best way to be happy, but it’s not.  We actually receive more happiness helping and serving others than we do ourselves.  Remember Jesus loves us, just as much as anybody else and He wants us all to know that when we serve others…they are getting love and service, but we are getting a great opportunity to be more like Jesus and that does so much for us.


Jennifer Foley

Jennifer Foley is the Children's Ministry Leader at Abundant Life.


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