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A Jesus Who Has Love for All Races
Sermon Discussion


Leading question:
When did you first realize that race was a thing, and that it had the power to divide people? (Or- when was the first time you realized that people existed in this world that were different than you?)

Luke 10:25-37.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 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.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

observation questions:

what do you notice? What stands out?
What are the questions the lawyer asks Jesus?
What do you notice about the responses of the different travelers? (priest, levite, samaritan)
Why does the samaritan help the injured man? (compassion)
What does he provide for the hurt traveler? (Everything needed for restoration and healing)

interpretation questions:

Why do you think Jesus chose the characters that He did? What do those characters represent in humanity?
What do you think moved the Samaritan to have compassion on the man?
What do you think the expert in the law learned from this parable?
How does Jesus define loving your neighbor?

application questions.

What are some things that keep you from being a good neighbor? (That allow you to ignore others)

Are there certain people you find that are harder for you to love or have compassion towards? How do we grow in our compassion and love for others who seem different than us?

How do you think the church can be a place of racial healing and hope?

Towards the beginning of his sermon, Duane repented of some of the prejudices in his own heart. Do you have any prejudices to repent of? Anything to confess about hatred you might be harboring in your heart towards others?

Our privilege, our giftings, everything we have is from the Lord. How can we use those to bless and give voice to others?

Night of Hope 2.
Does racism still exist? Are people still under racial oppression today? We want to continue the conversation about race in our culture, in our country, and in our church. We are having a night to be "in process" together. Our second Night of Hope will be a night requiring grace, understanding, and honesty. We'll share stories, explore unreconciled and unrecognized wounds in our culture and society, but leave with the hope for restoration and reconciliation that only God offers through His Son.