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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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 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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