On December 4, Dustin Smetona from Child S.H.A.R.E. (Support Hope Advocacy Resources Encouragement) preached at Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church. Here are my sermon notes:
Consider the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Answer the question, how do we become a good neighbor? (See Luke 10:25-37)
CONSIDER JESUS THE GREAT SAMARITAN
-The parable says much about Jesus’ heart for us and what He has done for us.
-Jesus feels compassion for us.
Three Ways the Good Samaritan in the parable mirrors Jesus:
1. He shows mercy without being forced by obligation.
The Good Samaritan was not obligated to help, and yet he did. The Good Samaritan showed Christlike compassion. Jesus had no obligation to help us and yet He did help us in our helplessness.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved– (Eph 2:4-5)
2. The Great Cost of Mercy.
It cost the Good Samaritan for His mercy. It cost him money and time. It not only cost Jesus status, comfort, riches, etc; it cost Jesus His life to show us mercy.
3. The Good Samaritan showed comprehensive mercy.
The Good Samaritan showed a comprehensive mercy by taking care of all the man’s needs. He set the man up with everything he needed even up to a year’s worth of the Good Samaritan’s wages. Jesus’ mercy towards us is also comprehensive mercy. He takes care of all our physical and spiritual needs.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)
OUR SERVICE TO OTHERS IS BORN OUT OF THE SERVICE THAT CHRIST RENDERS TO US
-At the end of the parable, Jesus instructs the lawyer, “You go and do likewise.”
1. Showing Christlike mercy to others.
Those who suffer innocently (i.e. children who are neglected/abused) need our mercy.
2. Pay the Price of Mercy.
We often give just enough to keep from feeling guilty. But, the question should be, “How much can I give for the sake of the Glory of God?”
3. Displaying Comprehensive Mercy.
Comprehensive mercy is a complete rescue. It is a mercy that transforms someone’s life.
CONSIDER THE CHILDREN LYING IN YOUR “ROAD.”
How many children are like the man the Good Samaritan found left for dead and lying in the road? Children that are exploited by others– Their only hope being the mercy given by another. Just like the Good Samaritan, we are drawn to help these kids.
If we pass them by, how does that demonstrate the love and mercy that Christ has rendered to us? Allow help and mercy for Foster Children to flow out of the abundance of what Christ has done for me.
Will you be a good neighbor?
Note from Terrie: There are many ways we can help these kids. Pray about adopting or opening your home to a foster child. We can also help support those who do adopt or decide to foster a child. We can offer material, financial, emotional and prayer support for these families.
If you are interested, follow the links for more information:
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel