Servant leadership(click HERE for study notes) (Luke 22:24-30)Timo Keskitalo, March 25, 2012
Part of the Exposition of Luke series, preached at a Sunday Service service
This is the last evening which Jesus is spending together with his
disciples. How would you spend your last evening with your friends or
Try to figure out the events in the upper room on that evening. Read
also John 13. What happened that evening in that room?
There seem to be three topics of discussion:
- The Holy Communion meal
- The commitment to follow Jesus during the coming trial
- The style of leadership
Try to find these three elements in our reading. Then focus on leadership.
Jesus gives a very short description of typical leadership in this
world: "Lord it over them" and "call themselves Benefactors". Discuss
examples of this in your experience. What are the expectations for a
Would you consider Jesus a strong leader? Or even a good leader? It what
sense is he a radical leader?
Read also John 18:33-37 and 19:11
Jesus has all the power and yet he behaves like a servant.
Then he asks us to follow his style of leadership. What do you think
about this. What would this mean in your family and in your work? What
would this mean for your role in the church?
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24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (ESV)