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Scripture:  Mark 9:38-50
[ Summary:
 Paying attention to God is hard enough. ]


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Anyone here remember what it was like when you were learning how to walk? …no?
  • Even if you can't remember, do you think you got it right the first time? (Probably not!)
  • Do you think you fell down a few times?
  • At least a few times, right?
  • Don’t feel bad about falling down – you fell down because learning to walk is very difficult.
  • Which is why parents help us with it . This is why they hold our hands and steady us by keeping a hand on our back or a hand under the elbow while we learn.
  • This is very helpful of them. But can you imagine if  they had done just the opposite? Can you imagine if they had just kept pushing you down while you were learning to walk – that every time you tried to take a step, they just pushed you over?
  • If that had happened, you may have stopped trying to walk … and you'd still be crawling around today!
  • That'd be a pretty mean thing to have happen, don't you think?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's scripture story, Jesus is telling his disciples that learning to pay attention to God is very difficult – maybe even as difficult as learning to walk!
  • And, by no means, should the disciples do anything to others or themselves that makes paying attention to God even harder to do / learn.
  • Even though Jesus uses some weird language in today’s passage, this is what he’s saying. He’s saying:
  • If you see someone helping someone else pay attention to God, don’t stop them.
  • If you know someone that is learning to pay attention to God, don’t make it harder for them.
  • Don’t make it harder for yourself to pay attention to God.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • Jesus was really good at showing and teaching us how to pay attention to God.
  • He also knew that there were things that could make paying attention to God a harder thing to do.
  • So, just like your parents helped you learn how to walk, Jesus taught his disciples how to make it easier for others to learn how to pay attention to God.
  • And the Good News for today is that we can do the same thing as Jesus had his disciples do - we can make it easier for others to pay attention to God, too, by NOT making it harder for others.
  • And when we do this, then we’re helping Jesus teach others about how to pay attention to God!


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for Jesus...

Thank you for Jesus...


...who teaches and shows us…

...who teaches and shows us…


…how to pay attention to you.

…how to pay attention to you.


Help us to do…  

Help us to do…   

…as Jesus taught us.  

…as Jesus taught us.


Thank you and amen





Posted September 13, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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