We continue our walk through the gospel of Mark, as Jesus teaches his disciples about what it means to follow him. Our preaching theme for the year is “Back to School,” and we approaching each text to find a refresher for the gospel message and a question that we can wrestle with for our walk with Christ. Toward the end of this short story for Sunday, Jesus says something that might shock us or at least doesn’t fit with how the world often works as we experience it. Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Jesus challenges us about how we live and how the world works. He says, this is the best way to live in the world, and this is the best way to make it in the world. I think we are turned off by these challenges of Jesus because we imagine that it means we must be a pushover or uncompetitive or never have anything good for ourselves, BUT that’s not what Jesus means at all. Jesus is inviting us into a life of power, purpose, and meaning beyond our dreams. We only need the faith to follow. If you curious about that kind of life, join us. Parkside Church is a place where you belong!