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March 27, 2020

Sermon Discussion Questions: COVID-19 and Loving Your Neighbor

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on March 29, “COVID-19 and Loving Your Neighbor” (Luke 10:25–37). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection. 

Main Point: The parable of the Good Samaritan shows us the condemnation of the law in order that we will find the new life in Christ that brings us into the picture to fulfill its call.

Outline

  1. Round 1 (Luke 10:25–28)
    • The Lawyer’s Question (v. 25)
    • Jesus’ Counter Question (v. 26)
    • The Lawyer’s Answer (v. 27)
    • Jesus’ Conclusion (v. 28)
  2. Round 2 (Luke 10:29–37)
    • The Lawyer’s Question (and Motive) (v. 29)
    • Jesus’ Story and Counter Question (v. 30–36)
    • The Lawyer’s Answer (v. 37a)
    • Jesus’ Conclusion (v. 37b)

Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean that the lawyer is trying to “test” Jesus with this question?
  • How does Jesus turn the tables so that the lawyer is put to the test and put on the hook?
  • How does the lawyer try to get off the hook? How does Jesus put him back on it?
  • How is Jesus the Greater Good Samaritan?
  • Who are we in the story of the Good Samaritan? Multiple answers are possible, but the order of the answers is important!

Application Questions

  • In this story, how are you like the lawyer? How are you like the person left for dead? How are you like the priest and the Levite? How are you like the Good Samaritan?
  • What things can you do to fill out the Good Neighbor Bingo card (PDF)? Will you make a plan? Who will do it with you?
  • What part of this message do you need to share with someone this week? Is there someone you need to exhort?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to receive new life in Christ and to fulfill the call to love your neighbor as yourself.

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