The Good Samaritan
Passage: Luke 10:21–37
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- The parable of the Good Samaritan was given to a man who thought he was good enough to deserve salvation through his works. Why is it important for Christians to understand that only God can save a human soul? How does this understanding affect the way you share the gospel with others?
- What is the link between loving God and loving our neighbor? How are the two loves intimately connected to one another?
- The lawyer who questioned Jesus believed that he actually did love God with all his heart and so he focuses on the 2nd part of the great commandment and tries to justify himself by asking, “who is my neighbor?” Why do you think so many people in the world believe that they are “good enough”? What does such a belief tell you about their understanding of God?
- In Jesus’ parable, only the Good Samaritan stops to help his “neighbor”. The priest and the Levite were both very religious men who, like the lawyer, would have claimed to love God. Nevertheless, both men ignored the beaten man on the side of the road. What was Jesus’ point in telling this parable to the lawyer...what lesson was the lawyer supposed to learn?
- When we share Christ with unbelievers, why is it so important to give them the bad news and ugly consequences of their sin before we tell them of God’s love and share with them the beauty and grace of what God has done for them through Jesus? What happens when we switch these ideas around?