Parables

Luke 10:25-37

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Ice-Breaker:

  • What is the perfect movie? Or what movie can you watch on repeat?

Read (or Retell) Luke 10:25-37

25 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance, a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise, a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day, he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [e]the same.”

Week Review: 

  • In what ways did you reflect or shine the light of Christ in your spheres of influence this week?

Transformation Questions:

  • Who is our neighbor according to this passage? 
    • Everyone is our neighbor.
  • How should we treat our neighbors?
    • We are to love them as ourselves. 
  • What are the wrong ways that we or our culture would like to define neighbor or the one’s that we should love?
    • We want to love and help people like us or who are in our tribes. Our tribes usually consist of people who are in our socio-economic sphere, share an ethnic identity or political affiliations.
  • Can you love your neighbor and have a different opinion than them? 
    • The world wants you to believe that you must have the same opinion as them to love them. 
  • Is it loving to your neighbor to withhold truth from them?
    • Example: If your brother or sister is living in sin, is it loving to stay silent just to not make the situation awkward?
  • How can we treat people we philosophically disagree with like brothers without hiding who we are or what we think?
    • I always think about Proverbs 26:4-5, “4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.5Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.” Meaning you do not always have to be heard and use discretion. 
  • What is appropriate for Christians to share on social media? 
    • It is not wrong to have an opinion, but one should be thoughtful about what they share. A few questions to ask before posting are: “Can I prove this is true,” “Is this mean spirited,” “Am I adding value to the conversation,” or, “Am I posting this just to get a reaction?”
  • What is the last thing that you posted on social media that you regretted?
  • The idea from this parable is that we would model the Samaritan. The Samaritan helps the person that hates him or at least would have held a strong prejudice against him and we do not know if he was ever even thanked for his efforts and his money. 
    • Question 1: What people group, or person, in your life do you know holds prejudice against you? 
    • Question 2: How can you reach out this week and show the love of Christ or the love of the Samaritan to them?
  • It is natural to have prejudices, but it is not ok to keep them. Is there a particular group of people you hold prejudices against? (the young, the old, the Democrat, the Republican, a specific ethnicity) 
  • How can you treat someone that you may hold a prejudice against as a neighbor/ show them that you love them this week? (I would suggest not sharing you hold prejudice against them and that is why you are showing them some love.)