Week One

Questions to Ponder (Alone or With the Group)

  • What is your biggest barrier to servanthood?
  • It is easy to think of a servant as someone who is oppressed or weak, but to me, that doesn’t seem to be Jesus’s brand of servanthood. What are your thoughts on this?
  • When is servanthood the most difficult for you? For me, it is when someone has hurt one of my kids. I wrote about it in the blog this week in, Taming the Mama Bear.
  • How can we follow Jesus’s example of servanthood in the way we love our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and families. What about the people we really disagree with? (Does servanthood have the power to heal communities?)

Audio of The Kingdom of God: Washing the Disciples Feet

Be Sure to Discuss in the Comments! (Keep it Kind, People.)

10 Replies to “Week One”

  1. I loved the descriptive details you used in your story to describe the history of the Passover, the preparation for the Passover ceremony and The Last Supper.

    As a small child, I was so mesmerized by the large black and white replication of DaVinci’s Last Supper hanging on my MGP dining room wall. I would stare at the faces of Jesus and his 12 apostles.

    I am reminded of my call to serventhood in Jesus name.

  2. Sherri, I have tried twice to leave a reply to your discussion questions. I will be writing my answers and the page will go black and the info will disappear. So weird! Have you had others with the same issue? I will try again, but maybe do so from my lap top or work computer rather then my phone.

    1. You should just reply in the comment section like this. I don’t have a forum set up (yet). It is all very technical and I am slow at it. I will make the instructions clearer. Thank you for pointing it out to me.

  3. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he would love them to the end.” There are people this statement is so easy to say about. We are inclined to want to please, even serve, those folks. What about those who have hurt us? Some of those people have REALLY, INTENTIONALLY hurt us. How do we serve with Jesus’ heart and intention? Are we obligated to EVERYONE? I think so. Sometimes I just have to do the thing because it is right, not because it is pleasant. Has anyone experienced this kind of service?

    1. Allison, I know there have been times I have been served like this. It is ironic, really… I taught the youth on this Sunday. I showed up to church feeling awful. I didn’t realize I was getting sick, my heart was a bit broken about something that had happened the day before… Before I knew it was was so grumpy with some of my other church members. They just asked if I was okay and the helped me set up the room. I felt like a jerk. I apologized, and then asked God to help me teach the youth about being a servant. sigh…

      1. I get defensive for you! You are never a jerk. The end.

  4. Liz, I know what you mean. My parents had this picture of the Last Supper on the living room wall all of my childhood. I live overseas and last year was walking down the street when I saw this picture on the sidewalk in front of a store. It’s very presence brought me back to my childhood and my simple faith in Jesus and the amazement that He could actually share a meal with Judas knowing….
    Sherri, I too am a Mama bear to my girls and am having to deal with situations in each of their lives that I would like to devour ” somebodies”. Your words are helpful. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for preparing these. I will pass it on to her. I am still away from home.

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