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February 21, 2016 Series: Love Your Neighbor

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 10:30–10:37, John 13:34–13:35, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 3:6–3:9, Mark 6:7–6:12, Luke 10:1–10:2, Ecclesiastes 4:9–4:12

Not as easy as it sounds!

How can we love others for their good over time?

Not as easy as it sounds!

What’s the difference between showing compassion and enabling someone?

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:30-37 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. 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."

What They Really Need

Compassion means showing mercy while working toward what's right.

What They Really Need

* Relationship with God OR spiritual poverty * Relationship with self OR personal poverty * Relationship with others OR relational poverty * Relationship with creation OR stewardship poverty

For THEM

John 13:34-35 NIV

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

For THEM

1 Peter 4:10 NIV

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

For THEM

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 NIV

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.

For US

Mark 6:7-12 NIV

Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them." They went out and preached that people should repent.

For US

Luke 10:1-2 NIV

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

For US

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Love Together

Involve other believers in loving those around you and watch what happens - for them and for you!

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