Life Group Guide - 05.26.19
For the week of May 26th - June 2nd
The Art of Neighboring - “Who Is My Neighbor?”
Scripture This Week:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 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 denarii[c] 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.”
Last week, we began our sermon series by examining Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves. This command begs the question: “Who is my neighbor?” Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, we find out that the neighbor that God wants us to love is whoever we may come across on our path.
1. Pastor Chris explained the context of this passage to us this week, was this something you were familiar with or was this a new revelation to you about the radical call to love that this passage is calling us to?
2. What kind of things make it so difficult to love certain people in our lives? Why is it so difficult for us to love those around us?
3. Can you recall a time in your life where you have either been a part or witnessed radical love that has broken barriers of difference or even hatred?
4. What are some distractions or mechanisms that you want to put aside this week that have got in the way of you practically loving those who we come across in our day-to-day lives? (i.e. cell phones, looking away from people, shallow greetings...)