As I mentioned last week, I thought I came up short on my conversation about John 13.31-38, and especially Jesus’ new command to love one another as he has loved us. So I’m taking a second crack at it here. The message begins at 36:48. [Edit: message upload fixed!]
Sometimes, as a pastor, I prepare with a particular goal in mind and when I’ve finished preaching my message, I have found it does not come out quite as I had hoped. Today was one of those days. It was not a bad message at all; but I’m not sure it said all that I hoped it would say. I may tackle the same passage next Sunday and see where that goes. But for now, here is the worship gathering from June 23, 2019 with a message, “Raising the Bar”, from John 13.31-38. The message itself starts at 32:28.
Feet are divisive: people either like them or they don’t. But for most of us, they are personal, and we’re not always comfortable having them touched. In first century culture, though, in Palestine, foot-washing was as common as wiping your shoes at the door is to us. What can we learn from Jesus’ example of washing his disciples’ feet? Watch this message (which starts at 34:30), based on John 13.1-17.