11.17.13 Worship Confessional

Slide1This morning we continued our series, Rock Solid: Lessons from the Life of Peter by exploring the narrative in John 13:1-17. In this rich text, Jesus not only demonstrates the extent of his love by washing the feet of the disciples, he also foreshadows the depth of his love which will be made fully known on the Cross. In his commentary on the Gospel of John, Leon Morris writes, “It foreshadows the cross itself; the voluntary humility of the Lord cleanses his loved ones and gives to them an example of selfless service which they must follow.”

Steve Garber often speaks of being implicated by truth. Jesus implicates the disciples with both his actins and his words: “now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)

Indeed, Jesus means for us to follow the pattern he sets for us, which includes not only loving those who are easy to love, but those who are very difficult to love as well!  We are to show our love through humble service to the ugly as well as the beautiful, the filthy as well as the clean, the betrayer as well as the faithful disciple.  As scripture tells us, Jesus loved them – even Judas! – to the very end.  That’s a challenge for us to be sure, but it’s also good news.  Our lives are mixtures of faith and betrayal.  Yet, Jesus loves us no less during our moments of sinfulness than he does during our moments of faithfulness.  The good news of this passage is this:  no matter where we have been, no matter where we are, and no matter where we go, God loves us.  In our moments of crisis, tragedy, celebration, anxiety, pain, and hopelessness, the love of Christ is for us. Right to the very end. (Lee Koontz)

  • How have you experienced the cleansing work of Jesus?
  • How can you follow the example of Jesus and love the unlovely by serving them?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • O This God (Matt Redman)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Psalm 100
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and offering
  • Message (Rock Solid: Clean and Dirty)
  • Benediction (Matt Redman)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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