Blake Coffee and Kellie Hooker taught on Sunday, December 15. The videos and listening guides from the lessons are below.
Core Lesson (Kellie Hooker)
The hapless victim
Think of a time you were victimized, or harmed, by another person. How idd that experience affect you?
How does it affect you for someone to reach out to you in your time of neediness?
Those who passed by on the other side
What does it feel like to be passed by?
The Good Samaritan
What are the reasons you have used for “passing by”?
Who have you stopped to help—to love? What did it cost you?
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
Love Without Limits
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The pathway to God has never changed and is not complicated: Love God and love each other.
The right question is NOT “Who is my neighbor?” The right question is. “To whom am I a neighbor?”
Being neighbor has nothing to do with knowing God’s law. It has only to do with feeling compassion and taking action.
Being a neighbor has nothing to do with proximity nor relationship nor title. It is about a heart breaking for the plight of another.
Jesus represents a God who loves without limits, in terms of whom He loves, when He loves and how He loves.
Luke 10:25-37 (New International Version)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
2 thoughts on “12/15 at The Gathering”
Dear Blake, I watched your lesson on Love without Limits. Thank you for reiterating the question, “to whom am I a neighbor?” Blessings to you and your family,
Thanks, Annalisa! And Merry Christmas to you and yours!