Jesus our Neighbor


Reflection Questions

1. Read the passage, and reflect on what details jump out to you. 

2. What is the main point Jesus is trying to communicate?

3. The sermon describes two different ideas about what it means to love God and be His people. How would you describe the idea that is illustrated by the priest and the Levite in the story Jesus tells?

4. Can you think of a time when you have passed by someone in need? What might be underneath that inside of you (think of fears, beliefs, etc)?

5. Describe the way that the Samaritan illustrates Jesus' idea of what it means to love God and be His people. What details about the mercy shown by the Samaritan jump out at you?

6. How does the action of the Samaritan reveal Jesus' love for us?

7. What is one way God might be calling you to practice that love in the world this week? 

Luke 10:25-37

25 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 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.”


FOOTNOTES

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