Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 10:30–10:37
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."
The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that: (1) Spiritually speaking, we were the helpless man left beaten on the side of the road and Jesus came to rescue us; (2) Motivated by God's great love for us, we all are called to be missionaries to those He brings across our path, to "go and do likewise."
Churchwide Outreach Projects
There are a couple key goals with churchwide outreach projects like this one: (1) Churchwide projects are designed for wide engagement and simple participation. We want as many people as possible to be involved and we don't want it to be complicated to get on board; (2) Churchwide projects are meant to be catalysts for greater involvement in loving others well beyond the project. In other words, the end of the project isn't meant to be the end; rather, it's meant to be the start of something even better where we become even more engaged with the people and needs around us.
There are several outreach avenues at Hopevale to join with others for ministry. Our community groups have a missional emphasis in meeting the needs of others, locally and globally. There are also service oriented groups like the "Can Do Crew" and the Sewing Circle that serve others in our community. God has also recently led us to involvement in Open Table, a ministry dedicated to total life transformation for those on the margins of society. If you're interested in learning more, Outreach Ministries at Hopevale can direct you to the appropriate contact. Pray. Get involved. Let God lead you.