BEFORE YOU GATHER
Prepare for Your Group:
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon
- Read John 13
- Get a feel for the Book of John as a whole by WATCHING THIS VIDEO
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants to do during your Group’s time together.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your Group can invite God into your time together.
This week, we learned about a radically different model of leadership, as Jesus demonstrated what Servant Leadership looks like. In your prayer time, ask Jesus to speak personally to your Group about this kind of leadership.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.”
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from the John 13. If everyone has a Bible, let’s go there together.
- In John 13, we see the humility of Jesus, the Servant-King who washes the feet of his disciples. Has anyone ever “washed your feet” by doing something for you that was unexpected and inconvenient?
- Jesus called his disciples, and us, to imitate him as a servant-leader. If you were going to ask someone to teach you how to follow Jesus, would you rather learn from someone who has a lot of biblical knowledge about Jesus, or someone who is doing their best to imitate Jesus? Why?
- Along with the rest of his disciples, Jesus washed the feet of Judas, who would betray him. What does that tell you about Jesus? What does it take to serve someone that you know is going to hurt and grieve you – intentionally?
- In Jesus’ day, no one would have expected a teacher to wash the feet of their followers, and today, we don’t expect this from our leaders either. Have you ever experienced a shift in the atmosphere of a family or a workplace when someone decided to lead others by serving them well?
- In John 13:12-14, Jesus asks a practical question of his disciples: “Do you understand what I have done to you?” Jesus’ actions necessitate a response from his followers. If we understand what Jesus has done, what should our response be?
- Although we don’t practice foot washing in our culture today, can you think of some modern-day examples that would be an imitation of Jesus’ humility and service for others?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your Group could talk about with God in prayer.
Jesus has given us a paradigm shift for how we are to understand true leadership: the one who leads others best, serves them best, and serves them first. Ask God to form the heart and attitude of Jesus, the Servant-King, in your own life.
PRACTICING THE WAY OF JESUS
A disciple of Jesus is a learner, a student, an apprentice, a practitioner – even if they are only a beginner. As disciples, we don’t just profess certain views about what we believe, but as we grow in our understanding of what it means to live as citizens of God’s Kingdom, we find ways to practice the way of Jesus in every aspect of our lives here on earth.
All month long, we are practicing the way of Jesus through observing Lent. Here are some examples of how to implement the spiritual habit of Fasting into our everyday lives.
Fasting is the spiritual practice of “going without” – giving up something that we value and enjoy so that we can sharpen our focus on Jesus and become more like him. We have experimented with abstaining from food, drink, media, and even money. This week, let’s experiment with a fast from “self.”
Prayerfully consider how you can humble yourself in service of someone else. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Who can you serve? Whether they are your spouse, or a coworker, or a roommate, or a neighbor, prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to show you how they have a need that you can meet. God loves to answer those kinds of prayers!