Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
Please complete these questions prior to your group’s meeting time.
1) When you think about what it means to be a humble person, what qualities come to mind?
→ Who is someone you know that exemplifies humility and what does that look like?
2) In verse 3 we’re told that Jesus decided to wash the feet of His disciples to identify His close relationship with the Father. He knew where He came from, where He was going and the authority He had been given.
→ On a scale of 1-10 how closely do you identify yourself with God?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(1=not sure where I stand with God // 10=confident as a Child of God)
→ How did you decide on the number you chose on the scale?
3) When Jesus laid aside His outer garment to take up a towel, He became a living metaphor of humility, breaking accepted roles of what it meant to be a leader. Read Philippians 2:5-8 and discuss other examples when Jesus took on a humble position (human birth, life and death).
→ When do you notice that, for Jesus, humility and love go hand-in-hand?
4) In verse 17, Jesus says “you are blessed” or happy if you follow the example of humble, servant leadership He expressed in washing the feet of His disciples.
→ How does that kind of leadership run counter to our current culture?
5) In this passage, John wants us to notice how Jesus relates to two disciples in particular – Peter who was concerned with position and Judas who was weighing betrayal. Knowing their hearts, Jesus still offered both of them His humble service and attention.
→ If you were in that room, how might you have responded to Jesus’ lavish love?
→ Knowing the acceptance and love of Jesus, how could you go about serving others this week?