February 24, 2018

Sermon July 14, 2013: The Three L’s

DSCN0630In Luke 10:25-37, an expert in the Law asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.

‘What is written in the law?’ He replied.  ‘How do you read it?’

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength and with all your mind,’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied.  ‘Do this and you will live.’” (Luke 10:26-28, NIV)

The Lawyer attempted to justify his lack of compassion, so he asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  This lead Jesus to share one of the most familiar parables in scripture, the parable of the Good Samaritan.  The Lawyer wanted a list of things to do to be right with God, but Jesus gave him a set of principles to follow.

The traveler in the story is robbed, stripped, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead.  Legalists – a priest and a Levite – pass by, but each one passes on the other side of the road.  The Legalists didn’t want to get dirty.  Eventually, help comes through a Lover of people, who is also a Samaritan.  This Samaritan gave of his time and his money to help the beaten traveler.  Though the Samaritans were despised by the Jewish people, this Samaritan showed compassion for the man in need.  Which of these three acted as a neighbor to the man who was robbed and beaten?

Listen as Pastor Dan shares from his heart and God’s word in Luke 10:25-37.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:8-10

Songs: I’ve Found Jesus, I’m Not Ashamed, I Love the Lord, What A Friend I’ve Found, and Jesus, Lover of My Soul

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