Preached by Roger Parlour, 9/30/2007
|Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet|
Serving Like Jesus – Outline
This lesson is about having a purpose. Our purpose is to serve God, serve each other and serve the lost.
John 13 Takes place at the last supper
Jesus showed his disciples the full extent of his love. He served them by washing their feet. Then he teaches them to do likewise. Love and give yourselves wholly to God’s people. Get into each other’s lives. Ask yourselves each morning, “How can I practically wash the feet of those in my life?” Don’t make excuses that you don’t have enough time. You are either not organized, or not willing to get past your comfort zone. Get help. Don’t focus on “me time.” Love one another.
Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, but he still washed Judas’ feet. Jesus wasn’t bitter. Be like Jesus. Don’t be bitter. Deal with bitterness. If you let it grow, it will defile many. If you are not feeling united with your brothers and sisters, dnt give the silent treatment. Discuss it with them. If you are angry with others, you won’t serve them or you’ll serve for wrong motives. Jesus served for the right motives.
1 Peter 2:21-25 Jesus did not retaliate. He entrusted himself to him who judges justly. That is how Jesus was able to serve even difficult people; he trusted God.
Romans 12 Bless and do not curse, do not repay evil for evil. Do everything you can to live in peace. Do not take revenge. Leave room for God’s wrath. Overcome evil with good. That is serving.
Pride can keep you from serving, so follow Jesus’ example. Jesus is the master, and he could have asked to be served. But he served. That’s humility.
Philippians 2 Jesus made himself nothing and took on nature of a servant, even though he is God. If Jesus can serve, you can serve too.