The Parable of The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

Everyone:

  • Read the scripture text of the parable.

Adults & Youth Group:

  • Consider the situation that prompted this parable.
    • A lawyer has come to Jesus specifically to test Him.  He asked “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
    • What do you think the lawyer’s expectations were?  An incorrect answer?  A debate?
    • Jesus responds to the question with a question.  Why do you think He did this?
    • The lawyer quotes 2 scriptures as a summary of what must be done to be saved. (See Deuteronomy 6:4-5 & Leviticus 19:18.)
    • Why is this a unique response?  (See Paul’s comments on summing up the Law in Romans 13:8-10.)
    • How do you think the lawyer felt when he answered his own question in front of everyone?
    • Why do you think he felt the need to “justify himself”?
  • Consider these things about the parable.
    • Notice that we are not told any details about the man who was robbed.  We are only told that he was in need.
    • Notice that there are 3 sets of people in the parable with 3 different mindsets about how to treat others.
  • The Thieves – What was their mindset about others?
    • Do people act this way today?  (See 2 Timothy 3:1-9; I Timothy 6:10)
  • The Priest and the Levite – What was their mindset about others?
    • Do you think they had excuses to justify their actions? (See Leviticus 5:3; Leviticus 7:21; Leviticus 15:7, 11)
    • Do you ever find yourself making excuses to keep from helping others?
    • Does is matter if we don’t help others in need? (See James 2:13-16; James 4:17; 1 John 3:16-18; Galatians 6:10)
  • The Samaritan – What was his mindset about others?  (See verse 33)
    • Do you think he might have had other obligations that could have taken priority?
    • How did he use his own possessions to help?  Are we sometimes hesitant to use “what is ours” to help others?
    • How did Jesus’ use of a Samaritan in the story force the lawyer to consider the mindsets of the characters in the story instead of the nationalities or social statuses of these characters?
    • How can we “go and do likewise”?
  • Consider these things.
    • What was the relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans?  (John 4:9)
    • Have you ever felt like the victim in this story?  Who was your Good Samaritan?
    • How does the Good Samaritan’s actions coincide with other teachings of Jesus? (See Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 7:12)
  • Activities for Adults & Youth Group Members
    • Think of someone who is a victim (someone who was bullied or harmed by others).
  • Think of actions that you can take to be their Good Samaritan.  (Pray for them.  Send them cards.  Call them.)
    • Work the Bulletin insert about The Teachings of Jesus – Asking Questions to Answer Questions.

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