Church Can Be Simple:
A resource for personal reflection or small group discussion.
While the phrase “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” might absolutely be true for all of us, it is far from the truth when it comes to who God is.
Jesus had all power and authority at his disposal and he uses it to race down to the bottom of the ladder, takes on the role of the lowest servant, and serves us. This is who God is, this is what God is like.
Furthermore, the heart of a servant is what we have been called to have. This is when we become most like God.
Questions for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion.
1) What is your definition of success? Does it include bettering the lives the community around you?
2) What specific need do you have in your life that the people around you (your spouse, family, friends, church community) can help meet?
3) What specific needs do the people in your life have (spouse, family, friends, co-workers, church community) that you could meet?
4) What will you do this week to serve someone?
Verses: John 13:1-17 (NIV)
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
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 set 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.