Sermon on Leviticus 19:9-18 and Luke 10:25-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Sermon Talking Points:
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- What was the flaw in the lawyer’s original question? How did he understand the purpose of the Law? How can you correct the question?
- How does Jesus answer the question: “Who is my neighbor?” Who can we become a neighbor to? Are there limitations? Why might the lawyer have been looking to limit the definition of who was his neighbor? What are some ways that we put limitations on who our neighbor is, or who we are willing to help?
- What are some real needs that you see around you? In your community? Family? Church? How is compassion your greatest resource to help? What are ways that we excuse ourselves from action? How can we overcome cowardice or indifference? Why is a “cost-benefit analysis” a selfish way to evaluate if we should help? What is the contrasting attitude?
- How is Jesus the quintessential example of the Good Samaritan? How is the parable fully expressed in His rescue to us from outside? 2 Cor. 8:9
- How is the costly love and service of Christ created in us, so that we model God’s holiness? See Leviticus 19, especially vs. 2. What refrain echoes through this reading?