4 Roads | Week 3: Jericho

Life is busy and life is complicated. Life sometimes gets in the way of following even the most straightforward of commandments. If we understand that loving God requires our full commitment, then why do we look for reasons not to love our neighbors in the same way? Our focus in this study is to identify what constitutes someone to be considered “a neighbor.” Does it ever seem that we are more eager to find reasons to disqualify someone as neighbor rather than looking for ways to fit them into the definition?

READ Luke 10:27

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, Love your neighbor as yourself.

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

What do, “heart, soul, strength” represent?

In what ways to do we “love ourselves”?

Is it possible to love God and not love your neighbor?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Luke 10:25-37

1. In verses 25-27, what does “inherit eternal life” mean to you?

2. Point out how the Gospel is on display in verse 27.

3. Look at verses 28-29. Why is the expert it the law looking for clarity?

4. In verse 30, why do you suppose that we are told virtually nothing about the victim?

5. Verses 31-33 describe a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan. With the original audience in mind, discuss what stands out about each of them?

6. What is important to know about the relationship between Jews and Samaritans?

7. In verses 33-35, the Samaritan doesn’t stop with “taking pity.”  What do his actions tell us about the expectations of Jesus in telling this story?

8. Describe the loopholes that this story provides in limiting how much love we are expected to show our neighbors.

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