A Compassionate Risk

The whole law in the Old Testament can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Listen as guest speaker Todd Lester shares from Galatians 5:14 and Luke 10:25-30 as we look at Jesus’ attitude towards people in need and how we can love our neighbours. We’ll gain a little perspective on what it means to live out a compassionate risk.

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A Compassionate Risk

Speaker: Todd Lester
Date: March 25, 2018

Key Scripture: Galatians 5:14 – For the whole law can be summed up in this cone command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Additional Texts: Luke 10:25-29, Luke 10:30

Three Attitudes I Can Have To People In Need

1. Avoider Luke 10:31
2. Bystander Luke 10:32
3. Helper Luke 10:33, Matthew 7:12

How I Love My Neighbour

1. I must have open eyes Luke 10:33
2. I must have an open heart Luke 10:33
3. I must have an open mind Luke 10:34
4. I must have an open hand Deuteronomy 15:11 (CEB), Luke 10:34-35, 10:36-37

1. What kind of person needs to hear the story that Jesus told to the lawyer?
2. What are people like who love God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind?
3. What are the common fears that keep us from getting involved in people’s lives at a point when they need our help?
4. How would the people in your life rate your attitude in being aware of those around you who are in need?
5. Describe an example of how you passed someone by who had been “attacked” by life’s circumstances and similarly left by the side of the road. How did you respond? Do you think you should have responded differently?
6. What can motivate us to act differently towards people in need?
7. It always starts with a decision. Making a decision to be kind and sympathetic toward others is a first step toward a ‘Good Samaritan’ attitude. What are some of the other steps that need to be taken?
8. Part of what it means to worship is focusing on our relationship with God instead of on ourselves. Why is it an act of worship when we sacrificially help people?
9. Your hand of help may be God’s hand in another person’s life, but you must be willing to be interrupted and move against your fears. What changes do you have to make in order to be interruptible and take the initiative to help a person in need?


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