15th September - John 13:1-17

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15 September, 2019Rev Glenn Mulcahy

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Here’s what happens…

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. Although Peter protests at first, he lets Jesus wash his feet. This is a lowly job, and yet Jesus does it. He tells his disciples to follow his example and serve others.

Talk About…

  • Put yourself in the disciples shoes, how do you think you would have reacted? If you were Peter? Judas?
  • In your life, who is one person who has demonstrated what it means to “wash feet” as Jesus did? What did they do?
  • What do you find easy about serving as Jesus shows? What do you find hard?
  • What does Jesus know that the disciples don’t (v1, 3, 11)?
  • While Peter is taking the washing of his feet literally, what do you think Jesus meant by his statement in verse 8? Verse 10?
  • What new meaning would these statements take on after Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  • What are your key learnings from this passage today?
  • How will you put Jesus’ teaching in to practice in at least one of your relationships this week?

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6th October - Matthew 26:36-46

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Jesus Commits to God’s Will

Here’s what happens…

Jesus knows he’s about to be arrested and killed. He goes to a garden to pray. He asks that God would take this cup of suffering away from him but prays, “I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Talk About This…

• When have you seen good come out of doing hard things?

• What emotions do you think Jesus felt in Gethsemane?

• What does he ask of the disciples? What does he ask of God?

• What is God’s will (v39 & 42)? What model for our prayers does Jesus give here?

• What do you appreciate about Jesus most in this passage?

• What’s something you have to do in the next week that you don’t want to do?

• How can Jesus help you? Who can keep you accountable during hard times?

Do you have a place to pray at home (your own Gethsemane)?

Jesus went to the garden to pray about the hard thing he had to do. You might like to set up your own prayer spot at home…

• Find a quiet place for a prayer spot, it could be inside or outside.

• Make it a bit private by adding a screen, or blanket or some other sort of wall.

• If you like, add real or fake flowers or plants to make it feel like a garden.

• Whenever you (or someone in your family) has to do something they don’t want to do, or anytime you choose, use the prayer spot to pray, pouring out your heart to God, and asking him for help.

• Jesus also took his friends with him to the garden; consider getting together in your prayer spot with others to pray.