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Ken Keathley: On Service, Suffering, and Sacrifice (Mark 10:35-45)

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“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

In this message from Southeastern Seminary’s chapel, Dr. Ken Keathley shares how and why we becoming servants of all as ransomed children of God — and how serving, suffering and sacrifice are so important.

Watch the video above, or read key excerpts below.


We are to follow Jesus’ example not only in service and in suffering, but in sacrifice.

Highlights:

  • “There are times, more times than we would like to admit that Christians, even Christian leaders, behave in ways that are remarkably selfish and even remarkably clueless…. We are to endeavor by God’s grace that we are never the ones who are so selfish and are so clueless.”
  • “When Jesus takes our cup, he is taking our need. He’s going to take our sin. He’s going to drink the cup of our guilt. He’s going to drink the cup of God’s wrath that we deserve.”
  • “We are to have a radically different understanding of service. We are to have a radically different understanding of suffering.”
  • “There are times when God will call upon us to serve him and the level of service will be such that it is painful…. We are to follow Jesus’ example not only in service and in suffering, but in sacrifice.”

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Ken Keathley

Senior Professor of Theology and the Jesse Hendley Chair of Theology

Ken Keathley is Senior Professor of Theology and the Jesse Hendley Chair of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he has been teaching since 2006. He also directs the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. He is the co-author of '40 Questions About Creation and Evolution' (Kregel, November 2014). Ken and his wife Penny have been married since 1980, live in Wake Forest, NC and are members of North Wake Church. They have a son and daughter, both married, and four grandchildren.

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