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Engage Group Curriculum

Curriculum for Engage Groups. This curriculum is designed for the Engage Groups for Spring 2017. Simply click on the link to view or download the chapter summary.


Engage Groups January 22-25

THE REAL DEAL

PREP

1. Leaders: Take time to announce events happening this week in church.

2. Leaders: Do the icebreaker question for this week’s study.

Icebreaker Question: When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
2 It was time for supper, and the devil had
already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.
4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,
5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
— John 13:1-7 NLT
  • In verse 3, Jesus “knew that the Father had given Him authority, He came from God, and would return to God”. Why is this important when being an authentic leader? Explain.
  • Why do you think Jesus washing the disciple’s feet was an act of the sincerity or authenticity?
  • Why do you think Peter asked Jesus if He was going to wash his feet?
  • In verse 7, Jesus says “you don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will”. Is there an area in your life that this statement can be true to you as well? Explain.
 

PURPOSE

8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all
over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.”
11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
— John 13:8-11
  • What was Peter’s attitude about Jesus washing his feet? What does this tell you about him?
  • How do you think you would’ve reacted in this situation?
  • What do you think the act of washing the disciple’s feet really mean?
  • In your own words, explain verse 10.
 

PLAN

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing?
13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am.
14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.
15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
— John 13:12-15
  • How does Jesus reveal the true meaning of being a teacher?
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus is Lord? Why is this important for being an authentic leader?
  • Do we need to literally wash people’s feet or is there other ways we can show this example?
  • So then, in your words, give a one sentence definition of what you think godly, authentic leadership is?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to talk about specific ways we can show others authentic faith. Now think of practical ways we can bless, change, and lead within our surroundings to show this authenticity. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Pray Matthew 5:14-16.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Pray that we show this world Jesus by our sincere character, godliness, and initiative. Ask God that He will embrace His process to mature us.

Ashley Ervin