1. When you were growing up, how did your parents or guardian embody servanthood? In what ways are you like, or unlike, them in serving?


Jesus and his friends have arrived in Jerusalem for the annual Passover Feast. He knows what he must do, but his disciples are clueless. This is the city where prophets are beaten, even executed, for being “false” in their pronouncements from God. Jesus, despite the target on his back, shows little concern except for celebrating this special meal with his followers. Little do they know that what’s about to take place will change the course of history.

God’s Story 

Have someone read Luke 22: 7-34 aloud.

Finding My Story in God’s Story

2. As a disciple of Jesus sitting around this table, what do you think Jesus is preparing to do—and why?

  • He wants to keep teaching in parables, with appropriate props.
  • Jesus is a perfectionist so he’s working on the last details of the meal.
  • Jesus yearns for a good time eating and drinking at a farewell party.
  • Jesus wants to see who emerges as a servant leader from among his followers.
  • Other __________.

3. If invited to a special meal hosted by a person you deeply admire, how would you respond?

  • I’d only attend if it’s convenient, with sufficient notice.
  • As a loyal follower of the host, I’d jockey for a position nearest to him or her.
  • I’d volunteer to bring extra food, something I like to eat.
  • I’d volunteer to set up tables or clean up afterward.
  • I’d take a back seat and make room for others to go first.
  • Other __________.

4. What did Jesus say and do that caught you, as a wannabe disciple, off guard?

  • His “toasts,” before and after supper, were so provocative.
  • For a guy known for his love, he could speak a truth that hurts.
  • The whole “body/bread” and “wine/blood” analogy is lost on me.
  • His leadership style was not very political, more like that of a servant.
  • Other __________.

5. What do you suppose Jesus meant when he says, in effect, “I will not eat or drink of this bread and cup until this celebration finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God”?

  • He knew he’d die and arise before they ate together again.
  • He was a “tea-totaller,” abstaining from all alcohol.
  • He wanted to share God’s kingdom with his friends.
  • He had to leave in such haste, with no time to finish the meal.
  • He was excited about tomorrow’s events.
  • Other __________.

 Our Story

6. Jesus calls out Peter’s denial by name, alludes to Judas’ betrayal, then takes on the whole group for seeking the wrong kind of greatness. Imagine that you’re dropped into this story TODAY. What do you think Jesus might say directly to you about your life and the way you lead?

  • I wish you didn’t tend to cut yourself off from teammates who offend you.
  • I’m glad that you’re really willing to stand with those who need you.
  • Why are you always looking for the closest exit to save your own skin?
  • You know that getting drunk and trying to forget what I just told you isn’t helping.
  • You’re amazing. Just take notes because what you’ll see me do through you will make the greatest story ever told.
  • Other __________.

7. As you reflect on your answer to the previous question, what might be the first step you need to take, to become a more faithful follower of Jesus?

8. Under what circumstances would your group feel comfortable celebrating with bread and wine?

  • Any “high-five” or “hang-five” celebration.
  • Anytime I’m hungry or thirsty enough.
  • Only when we are concluding our group life together.
  • Only in church, with a proper priest or elders officiating.
  • Other __________.

When and how will you schedule a time to celebrate the bread and wine together?

9. Pair up (at the most in 3s) and, in imitation of Jesus, ask one another, “How can I serve you in taking the first step to becoming a more faithful follower of Jesus?”

10. Given what you have just asked and shared, stay together in your pairs (or 3s) and pray for one another. Let the group leader call time after all have prayed.