How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:
1) Scripture is provided as a convenience to you and for those who may not have a bible.
2) Excerpts are provided from Tom’s sermon to help the group remember the important parts of his message. Feel free to read these together as a group, or you may simply want to use them as a reminder to put in your own words. Don’t feel the need to read everything in this document as a group. Use what you need, skip what you don’t.
Luke 10:25-27 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 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.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
1. Warm Up: What is your favorite demo/renovation TV show?
2. Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s message:
We all have some elements that make up this life we are building. This is very much process. We don’t finalize what we build our lives on. We may put some key pieces in place but as our life journey continues, we add and take away from what we build our lives on. We build lives on financial goals, on family values, on moral codes, on giving back.
What do you currently see yourself building your life on? Why? How has that changed from things you built your life on in the past?
3. Excerpt from Pastor Tom:
And so we ask ourselves through soul-searching seasons, “What areas of my life, my foundation, do I need to renovate?” Or maybe you would say it this way, “I need a renovation in some areas of my life. What do I need to demo?”
What areas of your life might be in need of a renovation right now? Have you ever gone through a renovation process in the past? What was that like?
4. Read Luke 10:25-37.
What can we learn from each person in this passage? (The religious leader, Jesus, the Priest/Temple Assistant, the Samaritan) What else stands out to you as you read through these verses? And why?
5. Reread Luke 10:27.
What do you believe it means to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind? What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Who do you believe your neighbor is based on this passage?
6. Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s message:
When we renovate our interior worlds we may discover some scary, nasty stuff like a self-righteous or religious superiority thing living inside of us. The demo will reveal some bad things: A low view of God’s Law. A low view of ourselves. A low view of others.
How do you see this being true in your own life? Which low view do you see yourself struggling most with? Why?
7. Reread Luke 10:33-35.
Why do you think Jesus used a Samaritan as the one who showed compassion in his story? The man in this passage showed extravagant compassion. What might it look like for someone to show this kind of compassion today?
8. Pastor Tom asked the question who do you identify with in Jesus’ story? How would you answer this question? Why?
9. Pastor Tom said there are two attitudes possible in this story that we see in the religious leader that still characterize religious people today. The first attitude is religious superiority or to reflect on opinion about something in terms of right and wrong in a self-righteous way. The second is to over-personalize or to get so focused on our condition in the ditch that we forget that Jesus says to go out and do the same as the Samaritan. Which attitude do you see yourself falling into? Why do you think that is? What do you do or what can you do to prevent yourself from falling into it?
The Samaritan was in proximity of the one in the ditch. If we will prepare our hearts by doing the tough renovations, I am convinced that God will open our eyes to those in close proximity to us hoping we will be courageous enough to help them out of their ditch.
God, reveal what is scary or nasty or dead in me.
God, open my eyes to those in proximity to me.
What can you do this week to see the scary, nasty, dead things inside of you? What do you believe God is calling you to do to see those that are in a ditch around you?
Take some time and pray that God would begin to soften your hearts to see those that are around you. Pray that he would begin to do renovations in your life that will allow you to see and show compassion to people that are in ditches around you.