BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer/Quick Connection: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
Grab some 3x5 notecards some pens and ask people to spend two minutes writing down names of people they come across on a daily basis… neighbors, workmates, at school, local coffee shops, etc.
Take a few minutes in silent prayer to ask God to heighten your awareness for those whose path you cross. Is there someone on your list that is on your mind or heart to help in any way?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore... Loving our Neighbors through the Good Samaritan.
Open your Bibles together and read Luke 10:25-37.
- What “neighbors” in your own life do you tend to ignore or avoid? Why?
- Read the response in Luke 10:30-32 of the Priest and Gentile. Can you relate to their decision in this story?
- When it come to our choices, why do we choose convenience over love? What justifications do we make? Are we loving our neighbor?
- Jesus’ commands in the Great Samaritan are simple. What are they? How do we simplify our response to others in need?
- Have you been able to love someone and really meet a need lately? Or do you know someone who has? What did that look like?
- Re-read Luke 10:33-35. Much like the Good Samaritan, sometimes our journey of helping involves multiple steps. How can we be generous with our time, resources, and availability when that need arises?
- This week, we are encouraged to count the cost to us, but also pay it. Is there something in your life that you can take action with to meet a need?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Ask God to reveal who your neighbors are and for greater awareness.
- Ask God to change your heart for a “neighbor” in your own life.
- Is there a need you can meet?
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
Be aware! Say YES to helping a neighbor that crosses your path.