The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Part 3

For the last two days we’ve walked through the parable of the Good Samaritan. (It would be best to read these first, for today’s to make any sense.) And we made it to the end of the story. Is there anything else left to be said?

But I think we’ve skipped over the final words of Jesus a little too quickly. Remember them?

10:37b “Go and do likewise.”

What might that actually look like? What would our lives be like if we intentionally set out to go and do likewise? What would our churches look like? Here are some of my thoughts…

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Part 2

Yesterday, we started reading the parable of the Good Samaritan – if you’re just joining us, it will make more sense if you read that post first. But to summarise: the first two people who passed by didn’t help for three reasons: status (too important to stop), purity (too busy with ministry to be inconvenienced), and self-preservation (too scared of the danger to themselves). And we asked whether these are the same reasons we are reluctant to stop and help – and that we arrange our lives so that we avoid coming into contact with those who most need help.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Part 1

Yesterday we concluded our study of Philippians with guest writer, Marc Rader. Next week we begin a short series in the book of Ruth. For the remaining three days of this week, we look at the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan.

A common question asked by young Christian couples who are dating is ‘how far is too far?’ when it comes to physical contact. And of course, the standard holier-than-thou reply is, ‘well if you have to ask, then you’re going too far.’ It may not be the most immediately practical of answers, but it does make the couple think about their motivation for asking in the first place. Are they, in effect, saying ‘what can I get away with? What’s the minimum standard of holiness God requires?’

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Philippians 4:10-23

Today we conclude a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Well, we’re at the end! I hope you’ve enjoyed this imaginative journey through Philippians. In this last section Paul thanks the Philippians for their financial partnership with him but in typical fashion takes the opportunity to teach on contentment.

Paul – There was, however, one last things to say. I’d kept it til last so that it was the final word – a word of thanks!

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Philippians 4:4-9

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

We’re nearly done! In today’s section Paul returns to one of the key themes of the epistle: joy!

Paul – I cannot tell you how often I have prayed for Euodia and Syntyche over the last six weeks since Epaphroditus set out. It is such an important issue for them to address. I am confident, however, that they will resolve their differences and that the cause of the gospel will not be hindered. In fact, I am certain that they will be mature enough in Christ to embrace humility and to set aside their grievances.

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Philippians 4:1-4

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

In today’s section Paul addresses a very specific problem in the Philippian church. While we are not told if the tension between the two women mentioned in the letter was ever resolved I have taken some creative liberty and written it up as it may have happened. Given that Paul has such confidence in the Philippians I think this might be at least plausible!

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Philippians 3:12-21

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Paul adds his own example to those of Jesus, Timothy, and Epaphroditus as one that the Philippians should follow. In today’s section the apostle urges the Philippians onward and upward in their discipleship.

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Philippians 3:1-11

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Today, in Philippians 3:1-11 Paul turns to another threat that is facing the Philippians. This one, however, isn’t internal, but external.

Clement – After Paul’s commendation of Timothy and Epaphroditus the tone changed. Epaphroditus, who was reading the letter aloud for us, made it clear in his delivery that this was a deadly serious issue. While we were to warmly embrace and emulate people like Timothy and Epaphroditus there were some people we shouldn’t welcome.

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Philippians 2:16-30

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

As we continue through Paul’s letter of friendship to the Philippians we come across another example of the sort of selfless attitude that Paul is advocating. This time it is the example of Epaphroditus and Timothy; two men well known to the community of believers in Philippi. They both exhibit the sort of attitude Paul desires them to have to each other.

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