Today is Friday, August 25th; I am excited to learn with you! This coming Sunday we continue on our 3 week series called “Center”, where we learn more of the dealings of Christ and how to center upon his presence. In today’s passage Jesus paints a picture of humility and love to His disciples. Please join us at our gatherings either at 9:00 am or 10:45 am, Sundays. -Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Does it ever make you uncomfortable when people do nice things for you or go out of their way for you? If so, why?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
As we open the Bible and look into the Word of God, we understand that we read a word that has been “breathed out” by Him who keeps and sustains the universe. So we find ourselves in the midst of all and complete Truth. From knowing this we expect to have life-altering changes, even in simplest form, which leads us to pray the following
Make the book live to me O’ Lord
Show me Thyself within Thy Word
Show me myself
And show me my savior
And make the book live to me O’ Lord
DISCOVER [John 13:3-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.”
_ What does Jesus begin to do in verse 5?
_ Why does Peter question Jesus’ actions in verse 6?
_ Leading up to this moment, the disciple’s had been arguing about who was greater. What is so remarkable about Jesus washing His disciple’s feet? Why is it not the other way around?
_ What does Jesus mean in verse 7 when He says, “afterward you will understand.” ? After what?
_ What deeper meaning lies behind Jesus washing the disciple’s feet? Why does Jesus say that if He does not wash Peter’s feet, Peter will have no share with Him?
_ What does Peter ask in verse 9? Why does Jesus deny his request in verse 10?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Sometimes, we have a hard time accepting good gifts from others because of our own pride. Are there any ways in which your pride is standing between you and Jesus?
_ Jesus demonstrated that true leaders are servants. What is your attitude towards serving others?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?