“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them,” John quotes Jesus in 13:16-17 as he was washing the disciples feet just before their last supper together. Just a few short verses later we see that the Suffering Servant, the Son of God and the Son of Man would be glorified. But, before Jesus is glorified, he states clearly that we are to follow His example in how we love one another. Kim
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_ Do you have people in your life that you love the way Jesus asks you to love? How often do you interact with these people to foster the relationship? What kind of fruit comes from time spent with one another?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 13.31-35 ]
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
_ Who is the “he” that had gone out in verse 31? Think about the lesson that Jesus waited to share?
_ How many times is the word “glorified” used in verses 31 and 32?
_ What is the meaning of this word? Why does Jesus use it to refer to Himself?
_ How do the short prepositional phrases in verses 31 and 32 affect the meaning of the sentence? (in him, in himself, at once)
_ What does Jesus call his disciples in verse 33?
_ What does Jesus tell his disciples will be happening next? (verse 33)
_ What instruction does Jesus give the disciples in spite of the fact that they cannot physically follow him at this moment? Verse 34
_ Why might Jesus call this instruction, “A NEW Commandment?”
_ What example to follow were they given in this verse and in previous places in John? Verse 34
_ What is the result of the disciples following this command according to verse 35?
_ Why does obeying this command set the disciples apart?
_ Why might this same obedience set the believer apart from others in the culture today?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)