The Compassionate Neighbor

Dr. Davis Chappell preaches on the parable of the Good Samaritan in week five of Neighbors.

This week’s challenge is to connect. On June 9, Brentwood United Methodist Church has the privilege of hosting many refugee individuals and families in worship. Your challenge is to make an intentional effort to connect with an individual or family this week leading up to Pentecost Sunday.

Ideas to complete this challenge:

  • Write a welcome letter to give to a refugee family on Sunday. Consider sharing a prayer for them in the letter.
  • Invite a refugee or refugee family over for dinner at your home. Introduce them to a favorite board game.
  • Host a refugee in your Sunday school class, then take them to lunch after church.
  • Take a meal to a refugee family. Introduce them to your favorite American cuisine.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”