Gospel – Luke: An Orderly Account – Part 9

Luke: An Orderly Account The Half-Dead Jew Luke 10:25-37 January 28, 2018

I. A Story We All Know (Luke 10:30-35)
A. A Man in Need (Luke 10:30)
B. Abandoned by Everyone… (Luke 10:31-32)
C. Saved by his Enemy (Luke 10:33-35)

II. The Power of Story to Transform
A. Stories Bypass Barriers (Luke 10:25, 29)
B. Stories Invite us to Identify (Luke 10:30, 33, 36)
C. Stories Provide a Path Forward (Luke 10:37)

III. The Story of the Gospel
A. Although (x) not (y) but (z) (Philippians 2:5-8, I Thes. 2:6-8, 1 Cor. 9:12-19, Romans 5:8-10, 15:1-3, Philemon 1:8-9)
B. Stories Shaped by Loving Mercy (Ruth, Hosea, Exodus 34:6, Psalms [127 times], Acts 9)
C. Go and Do Likewise (Phil. 4:1, Ephesians 5:1, Colossians 3:1)

Questions for Further Reflection

1. Most people are familiar with this parable, or at least the phrase “Good Samaritan.” How does Jesus’ telling of the story differ from our everyday conception of a Good Samaritan?

2. When has a story reached you in a way that an argument never could? Has a movie or book caused you to think about something you never would have considered before?

3. Similarly, how have stories helped you to identify with someone from a different background or perspective than you?

4. What would you say has shaped your story? Is it shaped by love? Bitterness? Jealousy? Grace?

5. Do you have any stories of people meeting you in your brokenness, living out the xyz story form? How have you lived out the rhythm of an xyz story? What is the hardest part of living out this xyz story?

6. How do we balance the command to go and do with the reality of grace in our lives? How can we avoid legalism and still give full weight to the commands of Jesus?