Bible Study Outline on Feet Washing
Feet washing is practised by a number of churches. Some churches claimed that feet washing is necessary because Jesus said those who don’t partake in the ceremony will have no part in him (John 13:6). However, this is not true because Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a role model that they should also humble themselves and serve others like him.
Jesus Christ was the master and he washed the feet of is disciples. Likewise, his disciples should also humble themselves and sever one another with humility. The washing of feet is the work of a servant. Every Christian is a member of the body of Christ. Every Christian is a servant of God. Each of us plays different roles in the body of Christ, which is the church. Each Christian serve in different ways at the church including pastor, bible teachers, arrange the church seats, serve in the church choir and etc.
We can serve each other in many ways. For example, when you see someone don’t understand the bible, you should take up your duty as a Christian and teach him. Looking after the needs of others is another way of serving others. Praying for others is also an example of serving others.
What save our souls is not the partaking in the feet washing ceremony. It is your faith in Jesus Christ and your obedience in walking in his commandments. If you have faith in God, you will want to obey and walk in his commandments. Non believers don’t want to do God’s commandments because they don’t believe in God. Christians must always do their best to keep God’s commandments in the bible. Neglecting to keep a single commandment is equal to not keeping the entire commandment of God in the bible.
Many Christians are not humble and prefer others to serve them. Serving others is better than letting others serve you because it is an act of denying yourself. People who are on top and proud will want servants to serve them. As Christians, we must never look down on those that are in lower social position. Even if you are a pastor of a big church, you must be humble and always serve others instead of letting others serve you. Often, pastors from mega churches also don’t have time to pray. They felt too proud about their success so they no longer want to have time for Jesus.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. (John 13:8 KJV)
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. (John 12:26 KJV)
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (Luke 6:35 KJV)
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. (Ephesians 6:5-9 KJV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1 KJV)
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Luke 4:8 KJV)
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJV)
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10 KJV)