Feet Washing
1) Feet washing is a New Testament ordinance as well as the Lord's Supper and water baptism.

a) Paul said "keep the ordinances" - special observances.
I Corinthans 11:1-2
b) Feet washing was commanded by Christ and given by his personal example. John 13:1-17
c) It was given to the New Testament church to be practiced perpetually until Christ comes again. Christ's disciples did it in that day. We as Christ diciples ought to do it in our day. 
John 13:16-17
d) By literally partaking of this ordinance, it reveals and teaches a spiritual lesson and blessing. John 13:16-17

2) Some people today argue that Jesus and his disciples were merely practicing an oriental custom of washing others' feet.

a) If that were true {eter would not have been surprised about what Jesus waCs doing. John 13:6-7
b) The old custom was for people to wash their own feet. Genesis 18:4
c) On this most solemn night - the night of his betrayal - Jesus instisuted something new - the New Testament ordinance of feet washing.

3) We are commanded to wash feet by the head of the New Testament church, Jesus Christ. 

a) Jesus said "ye also ougth to wash one another's feet."
John 13:14 "ought" - an obligation, duty bound.

b) Other uses of the word "ought".
i) "We ought also to love one another." I John 4:11 Loving one another is not an option.
ii) " We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29 Obeying God is not an option.
iii) "men ought always to pray." Luke 18:1 Praying is not an option.
iv) The ordinance of feet washing is not an option.

4) Partaking of this doctrinal observance is a test of fellowship. John 13:8
a) By knowingly and willingly refusing to partake of this ordinance Jesus said "thou hast no part with me." 

5) This ordinance teaches a spiritual lesson. John 13:14, 16
a) Reguardless of age, intelligence, material prosperity, or position in the church we humble ourselves to wash one another's feet. Romans 12:3
b) Pride is the very reason why many people refuse to practice this ordinance.

6) Feet washing was practiced by the church after this date.
I Timothy 5:9-10
a) A widow must have practiced the ordinance of feet washing in a local congregation as a qualification necessary for her to be cared for by the church.
i) It showed her humility and fellowship with the saints.

7) It should be done in decency and in order. I Corinthians 14:40
a) Brother in Christ wash their brothers feet and sister wash sisters feet.

8) There is a blessing by obeying God and participating in this ordinance. John 13:17

9) All those that truly love Christ are willing to obey Christ. 
John 14:15

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