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Moving Beyond Motions - Outward - Week 7

How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:

  1. Scripture is provided as a convenience to you and for those who may not have a bible.
  2. Excerpts are provided from Tom’s sermon to help the group remember the important parts of his message. Feel free to read these together as a group, or you may simply want to use them as a reminder to put in your own words. Don’t feel the need to read everything in this document as a group. Use what you need, skip what you don’t.

Scripture Passages:

John 13:1-17 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 base 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, “no just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to was 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. (12) 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 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.

1 John 4:19 Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.

Luke 7:37-50 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (39) When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. (41) “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I supposed the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. (47) Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Warm Up:

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and this week’s discussion on service, take some time to reflect on a moment when someone surprised you or thanked you, by serving you.


1. Discuss a few difficult moments in your own life from 2020 that God has used to invite you into something incredible? Why might God have chosen moments like those to get your attention?

2. In the beginning of his message, Pastor Matt described service in three parts:

We see the person.

We care about the need.

We serve humbly.

What is the most difficult of the three parts of service for you? What is the easiest? What practical steps can you begin to take to fully embrace all three parts of service? 

3. Read John 13:1-17.

What stands out most to you in this passage? What can you takeaway about Jesus’ character and leadership?

4. In his message, Pastor Matt mentioned the disciples arguing about their greatness near the time of Jesus washing feet. Quote from Richard Foster:

“Gathered at the Passover feast, the disciples were keenly aware that someone needed to wash the other’s feet. The problem was the the only people who washed feet were the least. So there they sat, feet caked with dirt. It was such a sore point that they were not even going to talk about it. No one wanted to be considered the least. Then Jesus took a towel and a basin and refined greatness…”

How would this have been a revolutionary teaching of Jesus during that time? How do Jesus’ actions and words contrast with the dynamics of our current culture? How might how we’re viewed by others effect our actions (negatively or positively)?

5. Quote from Bob Goff:

“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”

What are some things that prevent you from saying yes to serving someone? Evaluate those. Are you missing God given opportunities to serve because of spending too long thinking of those things?

6. True humble service requires a mindset change—a different worldview. Read 1 John 4:19.

How does this verse shape your mindset for service?

7. Read Luke 7:37-50.

Who do you identify with most in this passage? Why? Who do you think left the party that night prepared to see, care, and humbly serve others? Why?

Next Steps:

Pray this prayer as you go throughout your week:

“Father, would you please highlight someone today that I can see, care for, and humbly serve?"

…then say YES!