Vision: Extending God's Love and Grace


Reflection Questions

1. Describe the dinner party that Jesus attends in Mark 2. What are some of the details that jump out about who is there, how Jesus interacts with the different groups, and what His purposes are?

2. Describe the picture of mercy that Jesus paints in Luke 10. What do you notice about the characters, the kind of care that the Samaritan extends to the man in need, and the final question that Jesus asks the lawyer who initiated the conversation?

3. At New Song, we believe that hospitality and mercy are the two primary ways in which God has called us to extend his love and grace to Salt Lake City and the world. What are some of the ways you have seen those in practice at our church? Where do you see room for improvement?

4. Both mercy and hospitality are hindered by our pride and our fear. How do you see pride or fear affecting your commitment to showing hospitality and mercy?

5. The two stories discussed here invite us to put ourselves in the position of the sick in need of a physician, and the beaten man in need of a rescue. How can you identify with those characters right now? How does that help create a heart in you that has can experience the welcome and care of Jesus and move you towards extending his love and grace?

Mark 2:13-17 and Luke 10:29-37

13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, 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, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.