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Communion fall '17

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Read John 13:1-17
“Over the years, I learned that each part of the evening focuses on a particular phase of God’s ministry in our lives. The bread and the cup commemorate the past act of Jesus’ shed blood and his body given for the forgiveness of our sins once and for all. The footwashing focuses on the present and daily need for cleansing from sin (). Jesus told Peter, ‘a person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet’ (). Finally, the future is symbolised in the agape as a precursor to the wedding supper of the Lamb (). Jesus gives the meal this futuristic emphasis when he states ‘I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God’ ().” -Tom Barlow

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1. Jesus Commands Love

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Past act;
Communion: We have remembered and observed the work ofJesus on the cross
Present need
Reminds us to love and serve each other; Servant, Service. The words “servant,” “service,” and “serve,” in various forms, occur well over 1,100 times in the New International Version. People are servants of other human beings or servants of God. Footwashing is a reminder that love takes action“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (). “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” () “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ()
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (). “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” () “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ()
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (). “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” () “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ()
Reminds us that we are washed clean from our sin; Christ shed his blood that we may have access to the presence of God! We are promised in  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are given a principle in (ESV) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” It is the Lord’s desire that we be cleansed, Jesus said, (ESV) “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. ()
Christ shed his blood that we may have access to the presence of God! We are promised in  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are given a principle in (ESV) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper...” It is the Lord’s desire that we be cleansed, Jesus said, (ESV) “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. are given a principle in (ESV) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper...”
Christ shed his blood that we may have access to the presence of God! We are promised in  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are given a principle in (ESV) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper...” It is the Lord’s desire that we be cleansed, Jesus said, (ESV) “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Future hope
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. ()
Christ shed his blood that we may have access to the presence of God! We are promised in  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are given a principle in (ESV) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper...” It is the Lord’s desire that we be cleansed, Jesus said, (ESV) “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Future hope
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.Future hope
Take this as an opportunity to reflect on that last meal Jesus had with his disciples. We are looking ahead to the wedding supper of the Lamb () At the beginning of the service, I read from . In verse 16, Jesus says, “For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”().
16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
He will return; “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” And our God is a God who keeps his promises.
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Keller Devo.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ().
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). ().
1. Jesus Commands Love
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” ().
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). ().
2.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. ().
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). ().
2.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ().
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). ()

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. ()
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, ().
Dictionary of Bible Themes 5153 foot-washing

foot-washing

A practice of hospitality used by Jesus Christ to express his servanthood.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
3. Serving one another
foot-washing
A practice of hospitality used by Jesus Christ to express his servanthood.
Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.
13:1–17 The Humble Servant
The love of Jesus for His disciples, and those who would come to be His disciples, is shown in the washing of the disciples’ feet. The servant motif, so prevalent in the Gospel of Mark (), is here revealed as well in the Gospel of John. Servanthood is a direct extension and representation of love (13:1). What enabled Jesus to perform this act of utter humility was a keen understanding of who He was, where He had come from, and where He was going (13:3). This is a key to humility in all persons—a healthy and balanced understanding of who they are.
If Jesus, Lord and Teacher, washes our feet, how much more should we wash one another’s feet (13:14). What is at hand is not the institution of an ordinance of foot-washing, as this passage has sometimes been interpreted, but the life-style of humble servanthood.
Dockery, D. S., Butler, T. C., Church, C. L., Scott, L. L., Ellis Smith, M. A., White, J. E., & Holman Bible Publishers (Nashville, T. . (1992). Holman Bible Handbook (p. 623). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Ending; Keller, longing for home
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