Wk 2, “Who is My Neighbor?”
“…Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 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.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.” But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
…you shall love your neighbor as yourself…
The Good Samaritan
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. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 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. 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.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Compassion is based on need, not the “perceived” worth of the person
Things about compassion we learn from Jesus and the Samaritan in this story:
- Compassion Feels
- Compassion Acts
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us
- Compassion Costs
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. 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.’
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
- Compassion Reflects-
Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
We Care, because Jesus Cares
Small Group Questions:
- Why do you think Americans tend to prefer to be indifferent or not want to get involved?
- As Christians, if we were to go “back to the basics”, what would that mean? What types of things would be focused on? What types of things would be less important or possibly be discarded?
- Read Luke 10:25-29, the question to Jesus, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”, is it a valid question? Why or why not?
- The lawyer in our passage, the guy who is asking Jesus the question, appears to be adept in the Old Testament scriptures. Why is it not enough to know the scriptures? What would be lacking from this guy through Jesus’ eyes?
- Read Luke 10:30-37, what are some groups today that might be seen as Samaritans (people who you may have little or no respect for or possibly hated or despised)? Is the generalization of them valid? What do you think God thinks of these people, what would God consider there worth to be?
- Why is it so difficult at times to offer compassion to others?
- In our study the pastor pointed out that compassion feels, acts, costs and reflects. Have you ever felt compassion but failed to act? Give an example. What are some of the costs when you decide to move your feeling into action?
- Read Matthew 5:16, what are ways that we can do good work while the glory goes to God? Why is it so easy to become a Sunday Christian?
- Who is our neighbor, according to the Bible?
- Can you pray for blessings for those on the other side of the political spectrum from you? Will you? Does God love them any differently than he loves you?