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Summary: This message examines 10 excuses seen in the parable of the Good Samaritan that we need to overcome in order to serve as God desires us to.

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THE LAWYER’S FOCUS (AND OUR’S TOO):

- “Sure, I’m willing to help. . . when it’s convenient for me.”

- v. 29.

- helping within the family/helping with a friend/helping in a tear-jerking situation/helping at Christmas.

- his question presumes that “some are my neighbors and some aren’t.”

- ongoing examples throughout the sermon:

- hungry (physical needs),

- hurting (emotionally),

- helping (ministering at church).

EXCUSES NOT TO HELP:

- some of these overlap each other and some come from opposite directions because there are all sorts of excuses that people will use.

1. “It’s his own fault.”

- v. 30 - “went down from Jerusalem to Jericho”

- blame as an excuse not to help.

2. “I’d help, but I’m not going to get hurt.”

- v. 30 - “wounded him”

3. “I’ll help next time.”

- v. 30 - “half dead” - sometimes there is no “next time.”

- procrastination.

4. “It’s not my job.”

- v. 31-32 - “a certain priest. . . a Levite”

5. “I’ll help if somebody asks.”

- v. 34 - “went to him”

6. “I’ll just write a check to help.”

- v. 34 - “bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine”

- Union Mission: checks to volunteers - 16:1.

- the value of touch.

7. “I don’t have the time right now.”

- v. 34 - “set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him”

- hurry/busyness.

8. “I can’t afford to help.”

- v. 35 - “two denarii”

- the need for sacrificial giving sometimes.

9. “I’ll help if this doesn’t take too long.”

- v. 35 - “when I come again, I will repay you.”

- short-term commitment.

BUT THE BIGGEST EXCUSE (AND THE BIGGEST COST) IS:

10. “It cost him heart.”

- v. 33 - “And when he saw him, he had compassion.”

- v. 37 - “‘He who showed mercy’. . . ‘Go and do likewise.’”


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