Sunday Sermon // King of Losers : The Good Samaritan

King of Losers // The Good Samaritan

[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭39‬ NLT)

I must love even when it is messy.

  • Jesus calls us to love people.

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭25-28‬ NLT)

  • Loving people is rarely quick and easy.

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭29-37‬ NLT)

The question is, “who is my neighbor?”

  • My neighbor might be someone that others see as my enemy.
  • My neighbor might be someone who is difficult to love.
  • My neighbor might not be the same race as me.

Three responses to a mess:

  1. You can lecture. v29
  2. You can look the other way. v31-32
  3. You can love. v33-35

The most common lie we tell ourselves is, “someone else”..Someone else can do this better..Or someone else will take care of this need. The Good Samaritan could’ve assumed that someone else would help. But he didn’t. He acted.

Jesus is our Good Samaritan.

I must love even when it is messy.

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