Sunday 10/15 - Saturday 10/21
"Inside Out: Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult"
by Pastor Michael Eckelkamp
If your group has more than 7 people, you're encouraged to split into men's and women's groups for "Warm Ups". Also, it often works better to go around the circle three times instead of each person having to answer all three questions at once.
Warm-Ups (15 min)
Warm-Ups (15 min)
- Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
- Jesus was a famous teacher. Many people asked him questions. Suppose you met a famous teacher like Jesus and could ask him one question. What would the question be?
- Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Large Group Prayer (10 min)
- Take turns praying (1) Thanksgivings, (2) for each other's needs, and (3) for our community.
- Click herefor creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
Getting Started (20 min)
Jesus used the story we are discussing today to help answer a question. He wanted the person answering the question to think about his own motives and priorities in relating to other people.
Read Luke 10:25-29 silently at first. Then have someone read it aloud. Define any words unfamiliar to group members before proceeding with the discussion questions.
- v 25 - A teacher of the law comes to Jesus and asks him a question. In Jesus’ time, this man would be student of the laws of God as recorded in the Old Testament in the Bible.
- What is the legal expert’s purpose in asking the question?
- What is the question?
- Examine the question closely. What kind of worldview does the question assume?
- What do you think eternal life means?
- What did the lawyer assume about how a person receives eternal life?
- Is this question important to you?
- v 26 - Where does Jesus assume the answer to this question can be found?
- What are the scriptures (or the law, depending on your translation)?
- v 27 - What is the answer to the question as found in the scriptures?
- V 28-What is Jesus’ opinion of this answer?
- According to this verse, what is most important to Jesus - what a person knows, what a person does, how a person relates to other people?
- v 29 - The teacher asks Jesus a second question, “Who is my neighbor?”
- What is his motive for asking the question?
- Why do you think he feels the need to justify himself?
- How is this question going to help him justify himself?
- What thoughts are going on in his mind?
- What do you think he expects Jesus’ answer to be?
Going Further (40 min)
Luke 10:25-37 - The Story
The story takes place on the road between the city of Jerusalem in the mountains and the city of Jericho, about 20 miles away in the Jordan river valley. The terrain between the cities was rough, desolate, with few inhabitants and frequented by robbers. The robbers at times used tricks like having one of their number appear injured by the side of the road. When someone stopped to help, the others could attack him easily while he wasn’t paying attention. Different types of people are mentioned in the story. The person who is robbed would be understood to be a Jew. The priest and the Levite are Jewish religious leaders who have a good knowledge of God’s laws. The final person in the story is a Samaritan, a person from the province of Samaria. The relationship between the Jews and Samaritans was very similar to the relationship between Jews and Arabs today, or to any relationship marked by strong racial or cultural prejudice. The Jews considered Samaritans as social outcasts, untouchables, racially inferior, practicing a false religion. They avoided any association with Samaritans, traveling long distances out of their way to avoid passing through a Samaritan area. Any close physical contact, drinking water from a common bucket, eating a meal with a Samaritan, would make a Jew ceremonially unclean - unable to participate in temple worship for a period of time. The Samaritans responded quite naturally with strong dislike or hatred for Jews. Understanding this cultural prejudice makes the end of Jesus’s story all the more surprising to us.
- v 30-35 - How does Jesus answer the lawyer’s second question?
- What is the big surprise in the story?
- Why might we have expected the priest or the Levite to help?
- What reasons do you think they might have had for walking by on the other side?
- What reasons might the Samaritan have had for going on by like the others?
- Why did he stop to help?
- What is Jesus’ point in having the Samaritan exemplify brotherly love toward one’s neighbor?
- Which one of these men would you like to emulate?
- In the past, which one have you acted like?
- v 36-37 - Jesus asked the lawyer, “Which of the three acted like to the victim of the robbers?” The answer was obvious, the Samaritan. How does this story answer the lawyer’s original question, “Who is my neighbor?”
Prayers (15 min)
Close with a simple prayer, asking for God’s help to go out and life like the Samaritan did.
we know that You have made us for Yourself, to love You and to love our neighbors. Yet still we cannot help but live for ourselves, and every day we justify ourselves by our own standards, not Yours. But Lord, you have found us in the ditch, and You have rescued us. Now soften our hearts to Your will, and make us to love others as You have loved us; especially those who are most in need, whom we pass by every day.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ written by Ross Byrd
Give everyone a chance to pray. Click here for creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
Discipleship Trios (25 min)
The goal is to have intentional time to share your journey with others. Break into same gender groups of three and move to seperate spaces. If numbers necessitate flexibility, form groups of 2 instead.
- Review the listener committments if you haven't done so in a while.
- The goal is not to pressure others into sharing more than they want to, or to give unsolicited advice, but to ask others how God is stretching them, be challenged by God's Word together, ask what others are planning to do about their growth areas, and ask how you can support them!
Share Your Journey: What have you heard from God through your Life Journal / Bible readings this week? What's an area of your life in which you know you need to repent and/or grow?
- If you need additional accountability questions, try pulling from this list or the accountability questions in this doc in order to spark reflection and discussion.
- When you hear a confession, you're encouraged to speak God's forgiveness!
- If you feel one of your group members is blind to something, (1) think about whether or not you're the right person to bring it up, (2) ask permission to share something, (3) phrase it as a question.
Discipleship Trio Prayer Time
- Share: Tell us what connections you're building and spiritual conversations you're having with non-believing friends.
- Pray for non-believers in your lives by name: ___________________.
- Pray for each other.
Optional Worship Song (+5 min)
- If you'd like, you can sing a worship song as a group. Don't have a musician? Sing along to a lyric video: SJDenver.org/Songs
- Advent/Christmas songs can be found at SJDenver.org/ChristmasSongs
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
- Was there a glitch in today's material? Want to request a song? Do you have a suggestion? Click Here!