Like A Good Neighbour… – Tom LeRoy

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Tom continues the series “We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World” with a message titled “Like a Good Neighbour…” based on Luke 10:25-37.

1. The story behind the words.
2. Setting the scene.
3. Compliance vs compassion.
4. Christlike from an unlikely source.
5. Challenge to change.

ICEBREAKER: What smell do you hate that doesn’t seem to bother other people?

1. What do you think of the religious lawyer’s question in Luke 10:25? What do you learn about discerning a questioner’s motives [cf. Matthew 22:34-36; Mark 12:28; and Luke 18:18]?

2. The lawyer in this story knew the law, but he did not seem to understand it. What is the difference, and why is it important [cf. Ezekiel 33:31-32; Matthew 15:7-9; and Romans 13:9-10]?
3. What is it about our human nature that seeks to justify ourselves when confronted with the truth [Luke 10:29]? Also consult Luke 16:14-15; Luke 18:9; and Romans 10:1-3.
4. In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, why would it have shocked His original hearers [cf. Luke 17:15-19; John 4:9; and John 8:48]?
5. Why does compassion for others supersede religious observance [Luke 10:31-32]? Also consider 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Hosea 6:6; and Matthew 9:10-13.
6. Why is mercy so highly valued by the Lord [Luke 10:37]? Which of your “neighbours” could you show mercy to right now [cf. Micah 6:6-8; Zechariah 7:9-10; and Luke 6:32-36]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving. The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.” (John Stott)