Worship Preparation: September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 13:1-20

Read the sermon summary: Imagine walking into work one day when your boss stops you and points our that your shoes are untied. But before you can respond, he stoops down on one knee and begins slowly tying your shoes laces. How would you feel in that moment? How much more uncomfortable must it have been for Jesus to take the form of a servant and begin washing the feet of his disciples. In our passage for this Sunday, we see Jesus’ humility on full display in this act of service. On the face of it, the lesson seems simple enough as expressed in verse 15, “I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.” However, Jesus’ interaction with Peter indicate that something more is symbolized than just that of moral example. With clues in verses 7-9, we conclude that in this act Jesus is symbolizing his own humble and sacrificial death, through which the disciples would have a “share” with him and be cleansed. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Why do you think John speaks about all that Jesus knew and had done (loved) in verses 1-3? What clues in verses 10-11 show us that Jesus is not speaking about they physical washing, but about something else? What is the relationship between Jesus’ act of service and that of his disciples (including us)?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
And Can It Be (Sagina)
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood
Died He for me who caused His pain
For me who Him to death pursued
Amazing love how can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me
Amazing love how can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me
 
He left His Father's throne above
So free so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam's helpless race
'Tis mercy all immense and free
For O my God it found out me
'Tis mercy all immense and free
For O my God it found out me
 
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off my heart was free
I rose went forth and followed Thee
My chains fell off my heart was free
I rose went forth and followed Thee
 
No condemnation now I dread
Jesus and all in Him is mine
Alive in Him my living Head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach th'eternal throne
And claim the crown through Christ my own
Bold I approach th'eternal throne
And claim the crown through Christ my own
 
CCLI Song # 25280
Charles Wesley | Thomas Campbell
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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