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Jul 07, 2019

The Blind Lawyer v.s. Living Missionally

Passage: Luke 10:25-37

Speaker: Chip Reed

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: love, compassion, mercy, serve, neighbor, enemy

The Good Samaritan is one of the most popular stories in the Bible. This week, we will consider: why Jesus tells this story, what he wants to communicate to the expert of the Law, and how it calls us to living missionally. 

Order of Worship

PRE SERVICE: Luke 10:29 

PRELUDE: The Bible Project

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 103:1-4,6,19

LEADER: 1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2  Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

ALL: 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

READING: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

LEADER: 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves 

ALL: but for him who died for them and was raised again.  


PRAYER: Refuge (from The Valley of Vision)                   

ALL: O Lord, Let me dwell in thy most secret place under Your shadow; where is safe impenetrable protection.

LEADER: I am entirely dependent upon You for support, counsel, and consolation. Uphold me by Your Spirit.

ALL: Strengthen me inward for every purpose in life. Anew each day in the finished work of Christ.

LEADER: Take my body, soul, talents, character, success, family, friends, work, and future. My very end.

ALL: Take them. They are Yours. I am Yours.  Now and forever.

MESSAGE TITLE: The Blind Lawyer vs. Living Missionally   

CENTRAL TEXT: Luke 10:25-37

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”


RESPONSE: Philippians 2:3-11

LEADER: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 

ALL: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

BENEDICTION: Matthew 5:43-45 & 1 John 4:19

LEADER: 43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.  

ALL: 19 We love because he first loved us. 


  • Matt. 26:11
  • Gen. 1:27
  • Deut. 10:18
  • Psalm 10:14
  • James 1:27
  • Psalm 68:5
  • Psalm 146:9
  • Job 29:12
  • Exodus 22:22
  • Psalm 82:3
  • Psalm 94:6
  • Isaiah 58:7
  • Psalm 10:18
  • Jeremiah 7:5-7
  • Romans 13:9a-10
  • Galatians 6:2
  • Galatians 5:13



  1. In what ways do you see yourself in the story of the Good Samaritan?
  2. Who do you find particularly difficult to love?
  3. How does the story of the Good Samaritan challenge you to live missionally?
  4. When is a time you’ve been in dire need of compassion? Did someone come to your aid? If so, what kind of aid did they provide? What did it require of them? How did you feel?
  5. What changes might you need to make in your life to live more missionally?
  6. Why do you think Jesus makes a Samaritan the “hero” of this parable? (cf. John 4, Luke 9:51-56; 17:11-16)
  7. What will your first step be to love others as you love yourself?
    1. As Christ has loved you.


  • "The story of the “good Samaritan,”. . .is. . .not just an illustration but a vehicle for a resistant conscience to experience what it doesn’t want to acknowledge: compassion for the ‘outsider’ whom culture compelled to be ignored. . . .we can’t have ethics or morality or justice without stories, without the Story." - Russell Moore
  • "To love another person is to see the face of God." - Jean Valjean (Les Misérables)
  • "One does not have a neighbor.  I make myself someone’s neighbor." - Paul Ricoeur
  • "I realized that I do what I do because I'm broken. And these are my people – the community of the broken." - Bryan Stevenson