Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to show compassion for their neighbors.

“Bandages of Love”

Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

26 February 2007

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Instructor Training Course Demonstration

San Antonio, Texas

BIG IDEA: Christians should be compassionate to their neighbors.

References: Luke 10:25-37 (NIV); Romans 15:1-2 KJV - (We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification); Genesis 4:9 KJV - (And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?); Deuteronomy 7:9 (ASV) - Know therefore that Jehovah thy God, he is God, the faithful God, who keepeth covenant and lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 11:1 (ASV) - Therefore thou shalt love Jehovah thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his ordinances, and his commandments, always; Matthews 19:19 (KJV) Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; Romans 13:8 (KJV) -Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.


II. READ THE PERICOPE: Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Luke 10:34(NIV) “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.”

IV. PURPOSE: Motivate the hearers to show compassion for their neighbors.


On Friday, I was blessed to witness some pretty awesome presentations. I heard presentations that were geared towards empowering others to salvage lives through various health-oriented methods. Methods, such as “how to lift and carry someone who could not help himself;

Methods involving the importance of detecting hypotension and hypertension early on, with the assurance that life can co-exist with those diagnosis’ … with proper treatment and …continuous care.

I learned how to detect early signs of colon cancer; and how important it is for Veterinarian Technicians … to have equipment that works properly. Wow! My learning curve was amazing. It was great to see the CARING professionals up front … and in person.

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MOVE 1: Now, during my sermon preparation time, I came across a humorous story entitled, “Helping Hand”:

a. According to the story, a pastor is walking down the street one day when he notices a very small boy … trying to press a doorbell on a house across the street.

b. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach.

c. After watching the boy’s efforts for some time, the pastor moves closer to the boy’s position.

d. He steps smartly across the street, walks up behind the little fellow and, placing his hand kindly on the child’s shoulder leans over … and gives the doorbell a solid ring.

e. Crouching down to the child’s level, the pastor smiles benevolently and asks, “And now what, my little man?”

f. To which the boy replies, “Now we run?”

g. Although the story is humorous, Helping can be SERIOUS!! YET … we all know that helping doesn’t always mean the older is helping the younger; or the younger is helping the older; And it doesn’t always … mean a brother is helping another brother. Sometimes HELPING … simply means … one human being is HELPING OUT ANOTHER Human being.

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MOVE 2: Many years ago, while I was a graduate student at - the country’s largest African American Graduate Seminary,

a. … also called I.T.C.: Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia - a crime against humanity was committed on campus.

b. It’s victim was a cafeteria worker.

c. Someone who had been faithfully serving the ministers and pastors in the seminary cafeteria… came within inches of losing her life …

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MOVE 3: One seminarian heard some quarreling sounds and then screams of help me - looked out of her dorm window, and saw a man knifing, beating and kicking this woman, sounded the alarm of compassion.

a. The other seminarian, heard the alarm, scared the assailant away, and ran to aid of the cafeteria woman, and wrapped up her open wounds with bandages and cloths.

b. Likewise, in our text, this morning, … Jesus shares the story that many theologians call “The Good Samaritan”.

c. It’s actually a parable of Jesus teaching a “YOUNG LAWYER” how to obtain ETERNAL LIFE.

d. For don’t you remember, … Jesus had just finished teaching the 70 disciples and those that were gathered to hear him … that they should NOT be overly happy because they were able to HEAL AND CAST devils out of people lives;

e. but they should rejoice because THEIR NAMES WERE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN …

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