Countdown to Worship
“Way Maker,” Michael W. Smith.
First Music Offering
“Red Letters,” Crowder.
Second Music Offering
“Church,” Cochren & Co.
Third Music Offering
“So Will I 100 Billion Times,” Hillsong United.
“Is He Worthy,” Chris Tomlin.
“Next: Reaching To The Least,” Pastor Jeff Wallace.
"Next: Reaching To The Least," Pastor Jeff Wallace.
How many times during the past year have you thought, “I’m doing OK, but I wonder who isn’t? I wonder how I can help?” Just like the Good Samaritan in Jesus’ parable, you’re on the right road! But how do we put Jesus’ teaching into practice?
Luke 10:25-37 New International Version
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Our purpose is two-fold; to fill the Great Commandment found in:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
- Who is our neighbor?
- Love has no limits. Can we love without limits?
- We like to limit who we are going to help.
- How many times have we been like the priest or the Levite.
- It’s always easier not to get involved but it’s never right..
- Jesus through this parable shows us the real cost of being a Good Neighbor.
- God doesn’t call us to feel bad, He calls us to do good.
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
- What is the cost that you are willing to pay?
- Guilty love is not the same as God filled love.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How do we practically become the Good Neighbor?
- We need "new eyes," eyes that see our neighbors just as Jesus sees our neighbors – not through our physical eyes but through the eyes of love and compassion.
- We need to recognize that God’s word and our actions must go together. We can’t just know about God’s love we much show and be God’s love.
- We have to believe with all of our hearts that generosity matters. We need to give not out of guilt or shame but out of the love God has for us.
- We must give generously because that’s what God has done for us when He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that we would be saved.
Who is the person "in the ditch" that you can help?
What is the one thing God is asking you to do?
Never forget, God is in you and with you always. He will never forget you, He will never turn away. He is listening and always, God Loves You No Matter What!
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