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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

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[c] 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.”

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Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • Why would the expert in the law want to test Jesus? How did Jesus feel about experts in the law who displayed this kind of attitude (see Luke 11:46-54)?
  • Why does the expert in the law ask Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” How did he hope to justify himself with this question?
  • Considering the expert’s attitude, what is the significance of the fact that a priest and a Levite both pass by the injured man. Is it significant that it is a Samaritan who stops to help him? What accounts for the different responses?
  • How would you summarize the point of the parable? How does it confront the expert’s attitude?
  • What are some ways you can be a good neighbor to those around you?
  • Are there specific individuals or groups that you would have a hard time being a good neighbor to? If so, what about them or their circumstances would make it difficult? How does Jesus’ teaching in this parable apply in those instances?
  • What are some ways Park City can be neighbor to those around us?