We are currently in a season when even before one labor pain has stopped another one has begun. How should the Body of Christ respond and act during this time of crisis and unrest?
In this week’s sermon Pastor Craig discussed The Good Samaritan story which was an indictment against the religious people of Christ’s day. We cannot excuse ourselves from standing for justice by saying, “This is not my fight. This does not affect me.” Injustice is our fight and being the salt of the earth is our purpose. We are our brother’s keeper. We all have a responsibility to stand for what’s right.
1. What does“compassion” mean? When was the last time someone went out of his or her way to show compassion to you?
2. What things keep us from living lives of compassion?
3. Have a volunteer read Luke 10:25-28. Have you ever had anyone ask you a spiritual question in such a point-blank manner? What was it?
4. What do you think was the motive behind the man’s question in verse 25? Think about how the lawyer’s question was designed to trap Jesus, and how he even answered his own question.
5. What does it look like in practical terms to love God with your heart, soul, strength, and mind?
6. On the other hand, what actions and attitudes make it evident that you love your neighbor as yourself?
7. Have a volunteer read Luke 10:29-37 - How does Jesus’ story expose the man’s true motive?
8. More than just physically crossing the road when we see a homeless person, how do we “pass by on the other side” when we see people in need?
9. What will move us to compassion for a human need?
10. Just by observing your actions, what would an outsider say your beliefs are?
11. What things in your life—even seemingly “spiritual” things—might cause you to look the other way when there is a person in need?
12. In what ways have you seen people interrupt their normal routine to take compassionate action on behalf of another? Which people or groups do you find it difficult to aid?