Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this evening is to consider what the gospel has to say about our conception of power and position, and to discuss how we can serve our neighbors. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
Who is the most humble person you know? Describe them.
Read passage. Try to place yourself in the story.
- Does anything stick out to you initially from this passage?
- In the first century, to wash one’s feet was a lowly task. If they could afford it, Jews would not actually employ other Jews for this job; they would reserve this task for a non-Jewish household employee because they did not think it was befitting for their countrymen. In the absence of a gentile servant, the person at the end of the table, the position where Peter was most likely seated, would fill that role. With this in mind, why do you think that the meal began without anyone’s feet having been washed?
- Why do you think that Jesus got up from the meal, dressed himself as a servant, and did for his disciples what they would not ask one another to do?
- How would you have felt if you were one of the disciples?
- Describe how Jesus’ example of what power and position looks like in his kingdom looks like in relation to what we normally expect those things to look like.
- Contextualize Jesus action of washing feet. What does it look like for us to wash the feet of the people God has called us to bless?