Who is my Neighbor?
Sermon shared by Jason Sheffstall
Summary: The story of the Good Samaritan.
Series: Be A Friend
Audience: General adults
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StoneBridge Baptist Church
Morgantown, West Virginia
April 15, 2007
Series: BE A FRIEND
Subject: WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR?
Text: Luke 10:25-37, “25 And behold, a certain
lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying,
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law?
What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered
and said, “ ‘‘You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, with all
your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘‘your
neighbor as yourself.’’ 28 And He said to him,
“You have answered rightly; do this and you will
live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said
to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Then
Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went
down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among
thieves, who stripped him of his clothing,
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half
dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came
down that road. And when he saw him, he
passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite,
when he arrived at the place, came and looked,
and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain
Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.
And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So
he went to him and bandaged his wounds,
pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his
own animal, brought him to an inn, and took
care of him. 35 On the next day, when he
departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to
the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of
him; and whatever more you spend, when I
come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of
these three do you think was neighbor to him
who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said,
“He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus
said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
In Luke 10:1-24, Jesus had sent the
seventy out to minister His Word, and to be a
blessing to the cities.
V1-12 - Jesus gives the Seventy their
V13-16 - Jesus pronounces a “Woe” on
the cities because of their rejection of the gospel.
V17-20 - The seventy return from their
V21-24 - Jesus pronounces blessings on
the seventy because of the works of God.
Now, in Luke 10:25-37, we see the story
of the good Samaritan. Jesus tells this story to
prove a point and to answer a question. What
was the question, and, is it a good question? The
question, ‘What shall I do to inherit eternal
life?’ This question was not only a good
question, but it is a question that every person
on Earth should ask themselves. Well, if you are
a Christ Follower, you have already realized that
you can not do enough to inherit eternal life.
Eternal life is not received by what we do, it is
received at the point of faith in Jesus Christ.
APPLICATION TO THE MESSAGE:
This week, I want you to find someone
who needs a friend! Take them out to eat,
love them, pray for them, and care for
them like Jesus Christ would do! The
question I want the Holy Spirit to burn in
your heart this week is: WHO IS MY
NEIGHBOR? And, when you find your
neighbor, I want you to BE A FRIEND to
In our text today, we are going to zoom in
on verses 29-30, even though we will look at all
the verses in our text. Verses 29-30 describe my
three points for today’s message.
There are several things we need to learn
about being A Neighbor!
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