05-20-18 Sermon discussion
Who has modeled a “Towel and Basin” life to you and for you? What person in your life
has most modeled a life of faithful sacrificial service?
“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You
do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never
wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon
Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have
had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not
every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one
was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and
rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also
should wash one another’s feet. I have sent you an example that you should do as I have done for
you. 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 13:6-7 NIV
As this passage is read, what part of it stands out to you?
When scripture is read, the Holy Spirit will often highlight a word or idea in the
passage that is specifically intended for you right now. Share what part of the
passage stands out to you.
Read verses 6-8. Why would Simon Peter resist Jesus’ desire to wash his feet?
Why do you think Peter reacted the way that he did? What was he afraid of?
Read verse 11. Talk about what might have been going on in Jesus’ mind and heart
as he washed the feet of Judas, whom he knew would betray him.
Has anyone ever decided to wash your feet even though you had let them down
or betrayed them?
Have you ever chosen to wash someone else’s feet even though they had let you
down or betrayed you?
Whose feet would be really dicult to wash right now? Is God calling you to move
toward somebody in sacrificial service that has let you down or has not filled your
expectations of the relationship?
Read verses 14-15. Travis made the point on Sunday that Jesus was calling his
disciples to do the menial things. The things that nobody wants to do. The things
that only servants would do in the first century. The daily things. The things that
we think may be below us!
In this passage, could Jesus be talking simply about caring for other people in
lowly, regular, basic daily ways (that we may feel are “Below Us”)? Talk about what
Read verse 17. What do you think Jesus meant by “Blessed”? If we committed to
serving others the way Jesus modeled for us, how specifically and practically
would we experience blessing in our lives and in our relationships?
Do a daily, regular, lowly and seemingly insignificant thing for somebody this week
that you would not normally do. As you do it, think about this passage and what
Jesus did and why Jesus may have instructed us to follow his example.
• Pray for a passion and willingness to live a life of daily serving others.
• Pray for forgiveness for seasons marked more by selfishness than service.
• Pray for clarity as to what it looks like to go low so that others might be lifted
• Pray for grace so that we might serve those that have betrayed us or let us down.
• Pray for the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to follow the example of
Jesus your master.