THE LEAST, LAST, & LOST
For April 17, 2021
Here are the verses and questions we will be exploring. I sure hope you can spend a few minutes to prep for our discussion. Here we go:
• READ Luke 10:25-37: 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’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
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 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.”
• Who is asking Jesus a question, what is his motive, and what is he really wanting to know?
• What do you think Jesus is asking in return with his question, “How do you read it?”
• Even though Jesus tells the man that he had answered correctly, why do you think the man “wanted to justify himself”? (vs. 29)
• Why would the man ask, “Who is my neighbor?”
• Jesus replies with a story. What is the biggest shock in the plot of this parable?
• Why do you think that the priest and the Levi did not help?
-Do you think that we still struggle with this same issue today?
• What does it mean to love your neighbor AS yourself?
• What are the defining characters of a neighbor according to Jesus? (vs. 36, 37)
• How do the elements of this story parallel the life and ministry of Jesus?
We sure can't wait to interact with you! See you soon!
Roy Ice & Elizabeth Talbot
Every Wednesday morning Pastor Roy Ice releases the upcoming Scripture text and a list of questions to ponder, and this is called The Bible Lab Wednesday Warmup. This is the place that we pose the major question and topic of the coming study session.
Think about this on your drive to work or your daily walk. Then pray, research and come prepared to share with the group.
THIS WEEK'S WEDNESDAY WARMUP