Press Start: Core Value – FEET 2017-09-24T05:09:08+00:00

Press Start

Core Value: FEET

LEAD OFF

Good evening New Life Republic!

Today is a great day for our church.  We are shortening our service a little, so directly afterwards we can head to the courtyard in between the two buildings and baptize 5 individuals that have given their lives to Jesus!

  • That’s 5 individual’s stories that are being re-written by God.

  • And today they are helping tell that story by publicly declaring their commitment to Christ before all of us.

STORIES OF BAPTISM INDIVIDUALS

  • Keegan Hay

    • Asked Jesus into his heart a year ago

  • Kayden Ward

    • Accepted Jesus a month ago

    • Wears a bracelet that says “I Believe” so he can tell people about Jesus

  • Divina Simpson

  • Scott Franchett

  • Matthew Robinson

  • Nick Marble

OPENER

Have you guys ever watched the show “Undercover Boss?

  • One of the most memorable episodes was when the CEO of the corporate giant Dollar Store got fired by one of his own warehouse employees.  Check this out.

VIDEO

Dude just got fired for being an incompetent forklift driver.

  • That’s like Dr. Seuss getting fired at a job reading his own books to children.

    • Or maybe he read from the Teacher from the Black Lagoon

  • That’s like Steve Jobs getting fired for not being able to help a customer with the app store on their iPhone.

    • That’s a BAD day!

Seems kind of backwards doesn’t it?

The whole premise of this show is that the head of the company lays down his title and power for a few days to go to the bottom of the food chain and work amongst his employees.

  • This same concept is what Jesus demonstrates in John 13.

SERIES CATCH UP

We are in a series right now called “Press Start.”

  • Press Start is aimed with the target that in these first four weeks of this new church, we will clearly define what our heart beat is, so as a family you guys can determine if this is where God is leading you.

    • We are praying for you as well that God leads you to the right place, whether that is here or elsewhere.

    • The most important thing is that you are where God wants you to be.

  • We launched the series two weeks ago talking about our first core value called: WELL

    • More specifically put this core value states: “As a church we commit to going to people and not expect them to come to us.”

    • We talked about how this was so beautifully demonstrated by Jesus himself in John 4 when he took the path least traveled to fulfill his divine appointment with the Samaritan.

      • A divine appointment that ended up changing an entire community.

  • Last week we talked about our second core value which is called: STORIES.

    • More specifically this means: “We commit as a church to tell the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel.”

    • We do this for two reasons:

      • It makes Jesus familiar where he is a stranger.

      • It activates the faith of the saints

    • We see this commanded by Jesus himself in Mark 5 when he sends the young man with an incredible story back to his home town to share what God has done.

  • This week, we will talk about our final core value, but maybe our most important of the three.  We call it: FEET.

    • More specifically this core value of FEET means: “We commit as a church to roll up our sleeves and serve each other.

    • Jesus demonstrated this to us in John 13 when he performed the lowliest of acts of servanthood by washing the disciple’s nastay feet.

John 13:1-2 NLT

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.  It was time for supper,

LAST MEAL

In the timeline of events … this Passover meal literally happens the night before Jesus is crucified.

  • This is Good Friday eve.

  • This is the last meal that Jesus will eat.

As I was reading this I was hungry, and I began to wonder what I would want my last meal to be…

  • I’m thinking something with meat… possibly grilled and seasoned to perfection.

  • Wrapped in hearty slices of crispy bacon – pulled from the pigs that Jesus sent off the cliff last week.

  • Some sort of fried potato – slightly overcooked and covered in butter.

    • What?  Don’t judge me.  I’m getting ready to die.

  • A big slab of Andy’s ice cream with hot fudge.

    • This dinner may just kill me first.

Who would I want there?

  • Maybe my wife and kids.  Yeah, that.

But Jesus… knowing this is his last meal chose to be surrounded by stinky fisherman, a mobster tax collector, an embezzler, and Peter.

  • These twelve guys who followed him around for the last 3 years and still didn’t get what was going on.

ARGUMENT

When know from the Gospel of Luke in this same setting at the Last Supper, this group of eclectic men, all interesting and rogue individuals begin to argue with each other.

  • Cause what’s a family dinner if there isn’t an argument amongst the kids?

  • These guys start arguing over who’s going to be the greatest in Heaven.

You see it was customary in that day that there was someone that washed everyone’s feet.  In that day, the armpit of the body

  • If there was not a hired servant to do it, one of the first people to arrive to the dinner was supposed to do it.

  • None of these guys wanted to wash everyone’s feet and it broke out into an argument about who was greatest amongst them.

  • They are thinking… I really don’t want Jesus to see me like this… with a servant towel cleaning people’s feet.  What will he think of me?

Luke 22:24, 26 NLT

24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.

26 Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

This wasn’t an introductory teaching.  Jesus had been over this material before.  This is not a new concept.

Luke 9:46 and 48b NLT

46 Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.

48 Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”

Okay, so these guys are arguing over who’s going to be #1.

  • Everyone is being selfish and looking out for themselves.

  • They are thinking, if this guy really is leaving us, I need to put in my stakes before he goes and make sure he knows that I want a chair at the table.

  • Now these guys sound like immature teenagers, and they may have been teenagers.

    • But these guys would grow into the most respectable men of the faith in that they

      • Started churches

      • Went on dangerous missionary journeys

      • Wrote parts of the Bible

      • And risked multiple times and all but one would eventually lay down their very life for the Gospel

    • Even the best of us have a layer of selfish ambition.

The arguing is not the only problem…  It gets MUCH worse.

John 13:2-4a NLT

It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So

BETRAYERS

We know from this and how the story unfolds that Jesus wasn’t just surrounded by these guys arguing with selfish ambition.  Amongst him were also:

  • A room full of people that would betray him and leave him in his darkest moment.

    • All but one of the disciples were absent as Jesus hung on the cross.

  • Peter – we will meet him in a second – will deny he even knows Jesus on three separate occasions.

  • Worse yet… his betrayer is in the room.

    • Judas Iscariot the one who had already sold Jesus out for $$$.

      • It was likely about half a year wages in that time.

    • If you haven’t figured it out… he’s the snake that’s been sneaking money out of Jesus’ ministry budget.

    • Judas Iscariot gave up Jesus’ location to the Pharisees who were on the the trail to have him murdered.

What a crew to be eating your last meal with.

Keep in mind what verse 3 said.

John 13:3-4a NLT

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So

What would you do if you were in a room eating your last meal surrounded by a bunch of people that were going to betray you and stab you in the back?

  • Considering you had all the authority and power God had.

  • Somebody is catching a round house kick to the throat!

I’d go all Chuck Norris on them!

  • Or maybe I’d just give them the Chuck Norris look that will do that trick.

 

 

John 13:4-5 NIV

So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

LOWLIEST OF ACTS

Jesus action here to wash their feet was unprecedented in that culture.

  • This was only done by someone that had extreme devotion to you, or by a paid servant.

  • This was always done by a paid servant, never by the individuals participating in the meal.

  • Think about their time and place.

    • They were sandals, no close towed shoes.

    • Middle-east – sand and dirt – no paved sidewalks or streets.

    • No sewer system.

    • They feet nastay.

      • We aren’t talking toe fungus, bunyun, athlete’s foot nastay.

      • We talking “What did I just step in… ah no big deal it’s not fresh nastay.”

 

 

 

Then Jesus stands up.

    • Pin drop in the room.

    • Not him!  Not the boss.

    • Surely not… oh he is.  He’s putting on the servant’s towel.

    • He’s really going to do this.

    • We feel like idiots.

No paid servant.  No problem.  God is here.

APPEARANCE OF A SERVANT

Not only did Jesus start doing the work of a servant, but he took on the appearance of one too.

The impact of the imagery of the disciples watching their Lord put on a lowly servant’s towel would have been life changing.

    • It’s like taking off a five piece suit for sewer waiters.

He’s going one by one through the crowd of men.

  • You can hear a pin drop it’s so quiet.

  • They are looking at each other in disbelief, as he moves down the line.

AND then… He gets to Peter.

  • Oh, Peter.  He usually only opens his mouth long enough to exchange which foot is inside.

John 13:6-8 NIV

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

As usual with Jesus, there is a double meaning going on there.

  • He’s referencing Peter allowing Jesus to wash him of his sins.

  • We will get to that piece and how it ties in with what he’s doing here in a bit.

John 13:9 NIV

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Sponge-bath me then Jesus!

Imagine someone doing the lowliest of service for you.

  • What does that look like?

    • When you have little kids, it’s cleaning under the couch.

      • The other day, I was vacuuming (because nothing earns you husband points quicker than vacuuming) and I lifted up the recliner and 😮 then put it back down and left it there.

        • I have two options here: Call 911, or pretend I didn’t see anything.

    • Some of you are medical people and don’t mind this stuff, but when I think of the lowliest way to serve someone, it’s like changing a bed pan or feeding them one bite at a time.

In that culture, Jesus blew all of those things out of the water.

  • Washing feet was the grand pou-pah of all servanthood acts.

  • The very hands in a matter of hours would be pierced for the sins of the world was touching and washing their feet.

John 13:10-11 NIV

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.”

  • And then he gets to Judas Iscariot’s foot

  • Jesus knows he’s the one.

  • He knows that he’s been stealing from his ministry budget for the last three years.

  • Jesus knows that the betrayal has already taken place.

    • And there is his nasty feet.

    • He could have said, pass.

    • But no.

    • He dipped his towels and hands in the water, and began cleaning up the feet that had dirt on it from the Sanhedrin court’s where he just took 30 coins of silver to hand Jesus over to be killed.

    • What’s going through Judas mind?

John 13:12-17 NLT

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. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

SERVE EACH OTHER

Jesus is teaching us here the very essence of how we are to treat each other.  We are to serve each other.

This is in essence everything that the golden rule is about.

Luke 6:31 NIV

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

No one wants anyone else to treat them like they are better than them.

  • Would you agree that’s one of the most offense things for someone to act better than you?

  • How do you negate that personally in how you treat others?

    • Serve them.

    • Show them that their need is worth your time and resources.

    • Do something that at the same times shows them love.

Two reasons why we believe in serving…

1

SERVING BUILDS COMMUNITY

When everyone is serving each other, it naturally lends itself to build community… our very mission at New Life Republic.

What is serving?

Serving is seeing a need and meeting it.  Seeing something that needs to be done and doing it.

Serving at it’s core is simply this… loving others.

  • In the Bible there are three main types of love, so when you see the word love it could mean three different types of love.

    • Eros: Romantic love between spouses

    • Phileo: Brotherly love between friends

    • Agape: Self-sacrifical love – the one that serves others — even their own enemies.

      • This is the love of Jesus.

Serving others is an agape type of love, because it lays down your time, resources, and pride to help someone else.

  • This isn’t a fuzzy feeling or an emotion.  It involves sacrifice.

  • Love comes packaged with emotion, but there is a layer that is deeper than emotions that is choice.

    • Choosing to love is the glue of a marriage when the butterflies in your stomach fly away.

  • Agape love, the love that serves is a decision.

    • I am going to serve regardless of how I feel or what my emotions are telling me.

    • THIS is the most powerful form of love.

    • I am going to decide to serve you.  I am going to decide to love you.  I am going to decide to forgive you.

Some of you are surrounded by people, but you feel alone.That means your world is made up of superficial, social media-esque relationships and there isn’t a strong presence of agape love.

This is why some people that have 900 friends on Facebook are some of the loneliest people on the planet.  It’s all surface-level.

  • Serving provides a platform by which relationships deepen and strengthen.

  • If you don’t serve others, you are simply serving yourself

If you continue to just serve yourself, you will be all by yourself.

Treat others as you would have them treat you.

  • Start serving.

    • No agenda.  No rewards.  No expectations.

    • Choose to serve and choose to love.

    • It always comes back to you.

2

SERVING DESTROYS SELFISHNESS

At the root of every kind of team problem and dissension is selfishness.

  • It erodes marriages, friendships, and it often erodes churches.

We all struggle with a certain amount of selfishness.

Selfishness occurs when we elevate ourselves over the greater good of the community or another individual.

Selfishness is the complete opposite of serving.

  • One is pride and the other is humility.

DESTROYING SELFISHNESS

The best way to destroy selfishness it to … serve.

Philippians 2:3-4 NLT

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

BALANCE THE NEED

Notice it says ONLY.

  • Those of you in the room that are really good at serving… hear me.

  • It’s not wrong to consider your own interest.

  • Some people swing the pendulum so far the other way that they

    • give when they have no money to pay their bills

    • spend more time with people of need than their own family

  • I applaud your heart for people, but make sure that your serving doesn’t make you unhealthy.

    • This can be bad for you AND them.

      • It creates a vacuum that sucks you in.

      • It creates a codependency in the person you are helping.

      • You can do a disservice and not finding a way to balance your service.

Philippians 2:5-9 NIV

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place, and gave him the name that is above every name.

WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE FOR US

As a church… we choose to serve.

  • We choose to lay our selfish ambition aside for the greater good of others.

  • We choose to love.

  • We choose to forgive.

We will serve God.

  • We will serve each other.

  • We will serve Republic.

    • So, when they see us serve they will see how believer’s were instructed by their leader to act.

      • With humility and grace.