What's the Point? (Cornerstone)
Mar 12, 2017 - Hannah Buchanan
- The religious expert asks Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” hoping to whittle down the law into a few manageable points. Jesus’ response shows that your neighbor is anyone – even those who don’t look like you, think like you, share your citizenship or your socio-economic status. Who do you struggle to see as your neighbor?
- Jesus goes further in the story to illustrate that we are to love our neighbor without limit. In what ways do you think you might be called to love the neighbor you identified in Question #1?
- Who do you most closely identify with in the parable of the Good Samaritan?
- Have you experienced “a nudge” before? How did you respond?
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25-37
In other words, “What’s the point? What’s this whole religion all about?” It’s a question most of us have asked. (Otherwise, why would we come to church?) We want to know what it takes to get right with God.
This weekend, Hannah Buchanan kicked off a brand new sermon series called Just Love: What’s the point of the Gospel? Is it possible you’ve been missing it?
In her sermon, Hannah provides a fresh take on a familiar story: the Parable of the Good Samaritan. She explains that our culture has adopted these words as good moral teaching – good advice. But to the original audience, what Jesus said was explosive! In one short parable, he re-defined the limits of who we love, how we love them – and why we would ever do such a thing!
As you go about your day, be on the lookout for the one in the ditch. Who is it? Ask God for the nudge of the Holy Spirit. How is God asking you to respond? Will you pass by or will you “get close?”