Community Groups Week of Nov. 12th

Announcements :  

  • THIS IS THE LAST COMMUNITY GROUP MTG. of the quarter: Its been a great 9 weeks together!! Now, the Community Groups will take a break over the Thanksgiving & Christmas season ... and we will launch again on JAN. 22nd, 2017Looking forward to getting together and touching base over the holidays!
  • CHRISTMAS  ....Christmas is coming... 
    • We are exactly 40 days away from the 1st Christmas service here at West Pines. Check the website for service details.

** Very Important : Please click on the link below for the week # 9 Leader video :

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Main Text:  Luke 10:25-37

 Sermon Title: Love South Florida, Part 3:

                               "Love for the Fatherless"

Sermon Topic: (Not to be read or e-mailed to your group … this is for the leader’s review and recollection)

  • Jesus is asked by a lawyer what it looks like to perfectly follow the law. Jesus redirects him back to the law. The lawyer can effectively define the law. He essentially says love God and love your neighbor. Jesus tells him, that he is right. But then the lawyer asks him, “who is my neighbor?”
  • Luke gives us the sense of this conversation. The man is clearly trying to justify himself. Jesus then does what he typically does. He doesn’t lecture him. He tells him a story that cements the truth.
  • The story is of a man that gets attacked on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho. He is robbed, beaten and left for dead. This is not uncommon on this particular stretch of road.
  • Jesus goes on to say that coincidentally, a priest comes by. But he doesn’t help the man. In fact, he goes to the other side of the street to avoid him. Then a Levite comes by and does the same thing. These are the professional ministers of the day.
  • Then of all things a Samaritan comes by. But this man has “compassion” on him. He heals his wounds, puts him on his donkey, puts him up in an inn and then pays the innkeeper to continue tending to him. He promises to return and check on him.
  • At the end of the story Jesus asks the lawyer who was “neighborly” to the man. The lawyer can’t bring himself to say the word “Samaritan” so he simply says “the one who showed him mercy.” Jesus says “go and do likewise.”
  • Compassion is a thing to “DO” not a thing to simply feel. In the New Testament you never read the word compassion without seeing an accompanying action.
  • This story that Jesus tells is to answer the question - who is our neighbor? The answer is: whoever God puts in our path.
  • As a church we are responsible to love dramatically. We are to love in deed not just in words. We are to care for the neediest, the least of these in our world. If Jesus came for us who are spiritually impoverished and desperate and made us whole, then we must do that with our “neighbors.”
  • Here is one need that is being put in our path - Foster Care. This is an all call for Foster Families.

SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

HIGH/LOW:     What was the high point of your week and the low point?

Please read:     Luke 10:25-37

  • What stuck with you the most about this famous story by Jesus? (What are you still wrestling with?)
  • Why do you think the lawyer asked “and who is my neighbor?”
  • How does Jesus answer the question, "Who is our neighbor?"
  • What are the reasons you are tempted to pass by someone who has a need?
  • Read: 1 John 3:18 - Since compassion in the scriptures is always linked to action , how then, do our actions show compassion?  (Think ... Do my actions show this?)
  • What does "loving our neighbor" actually look like in my life?
  • The Gospel is Jesus trading places with us - How does this help us really understand the story of the good samaritan (Luke 10)?
  • Who is a hurting person in your path that you can show love to?
  • Could God be calling you to consider getting involved in foster care somehow?

Theme/Quote:

Have you ever had the opportunity to be a “good samaritan” but it falls at the worst time? It’s not that you don’t want to help, it’s just that right now is not a fit. But still, you believe in your heart you are a good samaritan… right? Interestingly, that is at the heart of Jesus’ story we call “The Good Samaritan.” Two other people passed by the hurting man because it was an inconvenient moment for them. The one who really understood what it was to love, readjusted his life to accommodate the hurting person. According to Jesus, love is not simply good intentions. Love is sacrificing for another. It is responding to whoever is in our path. So, who are the hurting ones in our way right now? Will we stop and respond and show love? What if it requires us to rearrange our lives? What if it takes great sacrifice? What if it is a child that needs a home?

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