Welcome to week 3 of Mission Groups!
Throughout this series we are taking a look at some of the people Jesus met with over a meal and some of the conversations that took place while they ate together.
The Last Supper is a moment of calm before the storm, as Jesus sits down for the last time with his closest friends before he is crucified the next day. From this one meal, we get an incredible picture of grace, servanthood, and hope.
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. We aim to passionately love Jesus, ruthlessly eliminate ego, courageously live in grace and truth, confidently know who we are in Christ, unconditionally trust God, intentionally live better stories, and selflessly extend compassion.
These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
- Throughout your life, what has been your experience with communion?
helpful clarifiers you might add...
- Do you know anything about it?
- Have you ever been confused about what it means, or why it's important?
- Have you ever known where it actually came from?
The Last Supper is one of only several stories recorded in all four of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Jesus and his disciples were celebrating the Passover, a Jewish feast commemorating how God saved the Jews from slavery in Egypt over a thousand years earlier. It was this special day, also the day before his crucifixion, that Jesus chose to institute some of the most important traditions and ideas in the Christian faith.
- Jesus chose the Passover meal to tell his closest friends that he would be crucified, one of the most important times of year for them as Jews. Why did Jesus choose this meal to have such an important conversation?
- What does Jesus' explanation of the bread and wine tell us about the meaning of his crucifixion the next day?
- In the last supper story, there is a lot going on. Mike helped simplify it all with a few helpful phrases.
Looking Backward... Grateful for Jesus.
Looking Forward... Hope of Heaven.
Looking Outward... We are together.
Looking Inward... In Christ I am worthy.
In which of those directions (backward, forward, outward, inward) is it hardest for you to look in your life?
Which one of these four learnings from the last supper do you want to believe and trust? What about your life would look different if you did?
Which one of those learnings do you want to believe and trust more than you do right now? How can you work toward that reality this week?
THE FULL STORY OF THE LAST SUPPER
Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 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.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 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. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
Learnings from the Last Supper
Looking Backward... Grateful for Jesus
Looking Forward... Hope of Heaven
Looking Outward... We are together
Looking Inward... In Christ I am worthy