Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each. You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends!
1 | the good samaritan
In verse 29, the expert in the law asks Jesus: Who is my neighbor? His motivation seems to be that he only wants to consider a select few people his neighbor - thereby easing his conscience. How does Jesus answer the question? Is the meaning plain and clear?
scripture: Luke 10:25-37
2 | passing by
Can you think of a time when you've passed someone by who could have used your help? How did it feel?
Have YOU ever been passed by? How did it feel?
What are some common reasons we pass others by?
3 | stopping
Can you think of a time when you've stopped to help someone? How did it feel?
Have YOU ever been helped? How did it feel?
What does it mean to have compassion for others? What does it look like?
4 | the church or me?
Is helping others a function of the church or a function of the members of the church?
A slightly pessimistic person would ask, "Are we, as the church, expected to take care of ALL the hurts in the world? Is it even our responsibility at all?" How would you answer this view?
5 | sewing seeds
According to scripture, if you sew generously, you will reap generously and the converse is true.
Have you ever seen this principle at work?
What does this idea of "seed money" really mean? What are some ways that we as individuals - or as a group - can "give Christmas away?"
scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7