Trinity Assembly
Morning Worship
Who Is My Neighbor?
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  • Trinity Assembly
    604 9th St, Rawlins, WY 82301, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM
Intro:
A. I want to look at the story of the good Samaritan
B. The Lord has been dealing with me on loving people, all people and this story has been placed in front of me several times the last few weeks
C. The question in Vs 29 is at the core of why we do ministry.
D. Our whole focus is people, not certain kinds, but all people
E. What good does it do to do the right thing with the wrong heart
F. Luke 10:25-30 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine & bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
1. Who is my neighbor?
A. I’ve said before, wow, I really don’t understand people
B. The problem is that my lack of understanding doesn’t excuse my lack of caring (compassion, sacrifice)
C. Jesus heart was lost, needy, selfish, screwed up people
D. Something the religious (church) people couldn’t understand, because they were obsessed with themselves
E. Where does it say I get to decided who’s important & who’s not
F. My value to God is measured in my love & sacrifice for people
G. As Jesus modeled, we don’t have any other agenda, than people
H. Romans tells us, it’s His kindness that leads us to repentance
2. Loving People
A. We are going to love people & teach the truth of God’s word
B. The question isn’t who to reach, it’s how to reach, it’s not who to love, it’s how to love & not who my neighbor is, but how to love & reach my neighbor
C. We have billions of neighbors unreached
· 11 Million in USA
· 514 million – Europe
· 530 million – Latin America
· 883 million – Asia Pacific
· 899 million – Africa
· 1.3 billion – Northern Asia
· 2.6 billion – Eurasia
D. They’re not numbers, they’re people.
E. You are the 1 He left the 99 to go and find
F. We get to work & reach ALL our neighbors together
G. Philippians 1:3-8 – Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment & in defending & confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
H. Who is your neighbor??