Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Love the 561
Week 1 – My Hometown
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- Icebreaker: We watched a clip from the Andy Griffith Show at the start of the service. What was one of your favorite TV shows that you watched in your childhood?
- Begin working on the memory verse for this sermon series together as a group:
“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 love your neighbor as yourself.”
- What are some great things about living in Palm Beach County?
- What are some troubling things about Palm Beach County?
- Read Luke 10:25-29
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “ ‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
What questions or comments come to your mind when you read this passage?
- In this parable, Jesus is defining what love looks like. What are some of the ways that the Samaritan demonstrated love?
- The integration of both “personal piety” and “social holiness” has been a hallmark of the Methodist tradition from the beginning. Personal piety refers to a deep, personal devotion to Jesus Christ. What are some ways a Christian can live out personal piety?
- “Social holiness” refers to actively living out Christian faith in a way that brings positive change to our world. Genuine faith isn’t a solitary thing. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor.Why is it important for Christ-followers to live out both personal piety and social holiness, rather than just practicing one or the other alone?
- Why do Christians in our day sometimes want to retreat away from the brokenness in our world and avoid contact with nonbelievers?
- In Matthew 23:37, Jesus said: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing”
How would you describe Jesus’ attitude toward the sin and brokenness he saw around him?
- It’s easy to say you love someone, but love is only genuine if we do things that demonstrate love. Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages describes the following five ways to show love:
- Words of Affirmation
- Quality Time
- Receiving Gifts
- Acts of Service
- Physical Touch
- This week’s focus is on “Word of Affirmation.” Read the following two verses and talk about what each verse communicates about the effect of our words on other people:
– Proverbs 12:25: Anxiety weighs down the heart. But a kind word cheers it up.
– Proverbs 18:21: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit
- This week, our assignment is to speak words of affirmation to people you come across, whether at the grocery store, in your neighborhood, at work, or wherever you are – especially people who might not know Jesus yet.
- If you’ve done the assignment, share with your group about your experience.
- If you haven’t done it yet, share what you plan to do.
- If you’re hesitant to do this assignment, talk about why you find it difficult to do.
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