IN A NUTSHELL: The problem we busy Christians often suffer from is that we fail to really listen to those suffering from being lost. Therefore we don’t learn their language, see their needs, nor understand how we can and should help. Ultimately, we end up doing things we’ve convinced ourselves God wants and ignore those things He has shown us is MOST important!
Have you ever helped a stranger in distress? What happened?
CONNECTING TO THE TEXT Luke 10:25-37
- Who is testing whom in this story? Does the lawyer think he has passed the test in vs. 28?
- Why do you think Jesus answered a question with a story rather than a straight answer?
- How might a Levite and priest justify their reactions? (Lev. 21:1-3; Nu. 19:11-22)
- Given the divisions between Jews and Samaritans (see Jn. 4), what is unusual about the plot twist in this story? What is Jesus’ point?
REFLECTING UPON OUR LIVES
- Who have been good Samaritans in your life?
- Of the neighbors you have met this spring, who could use the most help and how will you offer it?
CONNECTING WITH THE WAY WE DO CHURCH
- How might your neighbors be best helped by our church?
- This week do one of the following: Find out from the office how many neighborhood block parties are being planned and either; agree to become a prayer warrior for that neighborhood, help host or support one of those block parties, or establish your own block party.
- Some other interesting resources: