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February 14, 2016 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Love Your Neighbor

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 10:25–10:37

Luke 10:25-37 NIV

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 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.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. 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.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Luke 10:30 NIV

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.

Luke 10:33-34 NIV

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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.

Compassion's Toughest Test

“Am I willing to rise beyond my own self-centeredness and let my heart be affected by someone else’s suffering? Or am I going to remain in the cocoon of my own self-protection and shield my heart from unpleasant feelings?”

What Will Happen?

“The first question that the priest asked, the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’… But then the Good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

The Nature of True Compassion

Open eyes to see. Open hearts to feel. Open hands to help. "Go and do likewise."

A Major Objection

"How can I possibly meet every need I see?" While we can’t do everything, we’re all called to do something. "So how do I know what I'm called to do?" Here are a couple things to pay attention to: (1) the people and situations God brings into your life--there’s a reason why you are where you are; (2) the people and situations that you just can’t shake--there's something your heart is drawn to.

Love Your Neighbor Project

Use your envelope to meet a need or to encourage someone outside our church family. Share the love of Jesus in a practical way. Tell your story on the card and pin it up on the display in the church lobby.

 

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