For our City: The Art of Neighboring

 Take it Deeper Study

January 22, 2017

Open: Describe a moment you helped someone in need: What motivated you to do so? What was the response?  

Read: Luke 10:25-37

Discuss:

1. At the beginning of Jesus’ story in Luke 10:25, the lawyer was in essence asking Jesus for the minimum he had to do to get to heaven. In what ways do people attempt to shortcut eternity? How does Jesus answer this question? How is our faith demonstrated in our love for others? 

2. The man in this story was left for dead. What are the things that you see in your city that you would consider “left for dead?” How have the Priest and Levite received a bad reputation as a result of their obvious lack of care in this story? Based upon their cultural and religious demands what would have caused them to hesitate helping this man in need? What excuses do we use that hinder us from helping those we find with need in our city? In what ways can justifying ourselves or our attitudes get in the way of loving or relating to others and loving God?

3. Considering some of the context of this passage, there were ethnic divisions and a deep, historical hatred between the Jews and Samaritans prior to and throughout Jesus’ day. How do you think the Jewish listeners reacted when Jesus cast the hero of the story as a man from a culture and community of people whom they did not like? In what ways do you see this play out in our day? How can Christians and the Church’s response to the communities needs, help change the community’s perspective on Christians? 

4. What are the needs that you pass by everyday that God may be calling you to help? Who would you consider your “neighbor?” Put an action plan together as to how you can “love your neighbor:”

Pray: Pray that Christ would show you how helping your city specific, personal, and obvious.

Memorize/Meditate: And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

When we aim to help everyone, we help no one. So we have to make Christ’s call to love people and serve our city specific, personal, and obvious.