To help you follow along, here is a loose outline of this week's sermon.
I. Biblical Law
A. Biblical law is viewed as negative or boring
B. In Jesus' day, Biblical law was incredibly important and interesting.
C. The law reflected God's will for human life.
D. Jesus presents himself as a teacher of the law.
E. As such, Jesus' teaching is effectively law for his followers.
II. The Good Samaritan
A. Jesus' teaching carries the weight of God's law.
B. The Priest and the Levite represent people who should know God's law, but don't.
C. The Samaritan was an enemy who shouldn't know God's law, but does.
D. Jesus' teaching about who one's neighbor is would be shocking in his day.
A. The definition of who our "neighbor" is doesn't depend on the categories we think are important.
B. It depends on mercy and who shows mercy.
C. The Samaritan becomes the man's neighbor because he shows mercy.
D. Who are people we consider "enemies" or "opponents" who are supposed to be our neighbors?
E. How can we love them?
A. Love is not just a fuzzy feeling.
B. Love is concrete action, like the samaritan shows us.
A. If this teaching makes us uncomfortable, it should.
B. It is a challenge.
C. But in God's law is where life is found, because it is where God's will for our lives is found.
D. May we find life by loving our neighbors, according to Jesus' interpretation.