(Luke 10:33-37 NIV) 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 denariie 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.”
1.Who is the Samaritan?
a.It is us? (“maybe …. I have done it sometimes ….I wish I could do more though”).
b.Is it Jesus? “(of course it’s Jesus – but he calls us into his plan to bless people”).
c.The local church (“the only sustainable example of Jesus’ love is the local church”).
“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.” —Bill Hybels.
2.We Can’t do it all ourselves
-we need to be part of a team bigger than us.
-and we want to be a contributor to the plan!
(Romans 12:3-5 NKJV) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.(4)For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,(5)so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
3.So what’s my part?
(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (7)or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; (8)he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
-Grow course and gift assessment (especially the 7 motivational gifts).
prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, mercy
The Samaritan story today
1.Travelling along life and seeing need – all gifts needed. (workplace, uni, family, connect group).
2.Having compassion – all gifts needed
3.Went over to him – 1st responders – all gifts needed. (encouragers of hope).
4.bandaged – serving, mercy.
5.gave oil and wine to heal – serving, givers, mercy
6.put on his donkey – serving, giving, leadership,
7.brought to inn and gave instructions – leadership
8.gave generously – giving
9.offered to follow-up – encouragement, prophecy,
10… and teaching? Well, that’s what I’m doing right now. Let’s do it, plan it, teach it, spread it.
(Luke 10:37b NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
(Ephesians 1:22-23 NKJV) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (23)which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.