The Savior Who Serves
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 13:1–13:17, John 13:34–13:35, John 13:34–13:35, Philippians 2:3–2:4, Ephesians 5:21, Romans 12:10
Four Words Describing Hopevale
Christian. Protestant. Evangelical. Non-denominational. The word “evangelical” comes from the New Testament Greek word “evangel,” which simply means “good news,” and specifically “the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” So evangelical is a term that should be used to describe our faith not our politics.
Our Three Core Beliefs
(1) The Bible is the only Word of God; (2) Jesus is the only Son of God; (3) The Gospel is the only Way to God
The Goal for This Series
I want you to know more about Jesus, so that you can know Jesus more.
John 13:1-17 NIV
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 basin 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, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" Jesus answered, "Those who have had a bath need only to wash 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. 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.
John 13:1-4 NIV
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.
"How Do You Do It?"
The power to serve others comes in knowing who you are in Christ (your Gospel-identity) and where you’re going because of Him (your Gospel-destiny).
“Why Is It Important?
When we serve one another in love, we show the world what God is like.
John 13:34-35 NIV
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Romans 12:10 NIV
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 ESV
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Next week as we get closer to Easter, we’ll continue our series entitled "The Last Days of Jesus." Pastor Dan will walk us through the Bible, looking at the anguish of Jesus as He awaits the suffering of the cross.