Jesus Loves Dirty Feet (And So Should You)
February 1, 2015 Speaker: Series: Ministry Fair
Topic: Special Sunday Verse: John 13:12–13:17
MINISTRY FAIR SUNDAY
“Jesus Loves Dirty Feet (and So Should You)”
Pastor Brandon Hovey | 02.01.2015
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.
I. JESUS WANTS TO WASH YOUR FEET
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 [or pattern] 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 13:12-17
Questions to Consider:
* Do you believe that Jesus wants to continually refresh you on his terms?
* Where do you need to let Jesus wash your feet? Where do you desire renewal and refreshment?
II. JESUS WANTS YOU TO WASH OTHER PEOPLE’S FEET
Foot washing = lovingly serving and refreshing others
a. Foot washing is personal and intimate
b. Foot washing is for everyone
Questions to Consider:
* What will it take for us to be the kind of community that washes feet?
* What is keeping you from washing other people’s feet?
* What is one step you can take today to wash feet and love well at Hope Covenant Church?
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