Going Deeper With the Sermon

Speaker: Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: January 29, 2017
Text: Living Large: Following Jesus Into The Neighborhood

BIG PRAYERS

SCRIPTURE VERSES

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" 27 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 given the right answer; do this, and you will live."

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" 37

He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

                                                                                                                                (Luke 10:25-37)

Footnotes:

1.     Luke 10:25 Gk him
2.    
Luke 10:35 The denarius was the usual day's wage for a laborer

 

BIG IDEA

God commands his people to love our neighbors (Leviticus 19:18). Not only that, we are to love our neighbors as we "love ourselves." While loving our neighbors seems complicated; it's really not. It boils down to treating them as we would wish to be treated. Specifically: (1) opening our eyes to our neighbors' needs, (2) opening our hearts in compassion toward our neighbors, and (3) opening our hands to aid our neighbors, and (4) opening our wallet to share our resources with our neighbors.

QUESTIONS

1.  When Jesus asks the lawyer to answer his own question ("what shall I do to be saved?" v. 25), how does the lawyer respond?  

2.  The lawyer shows insight. Read the following verses: Leviticus 19:18 and Deuteronomy 6:4. Compare them with Jesus' statement in Matthew 22:37-40. How are they alike or different?

3.  Jesus unpacks the lawyer's answer by telling a story. Who is the hero of the story? Why is this surprising?

4.  The story happens along "the Jericho road" (v. 30)-a high crime area in ancient Israel. Does this have any significance to the story? Why or why not?

5.  Two characters pass the injured man. First, a priest; then, a layman. Finally, the Samaritan comes to the man's aid. Who would you have expected to respond? 

6.  Jesus poses the question: "which one of these was a neighbor to this man?" In this instance, what does Jesus mean by neighbor? Is it related to proximity? Is it related to action? What do you think?

7.  The lawyer responds, "...the one who showed him mercy" (v. 37). We often talk about justice. How is justice different from mercy? Is there any significance in which word we use?

8.  In light of these verses, what is God calling you to do?

PRAYER

Gracious God,
Give us the grace to follow you into our neighborhoods. Help us to show your love, care, and concern for all those whom we encounter there. Through our small deeds and actions, may they come to place their faith in Christ and receive life eternal.
Amen.