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Love One Another - The Power Tools for Reaching Out (Luke 10:25-37)

Sermon on 9 June 2024 by Pastor Justin

 

Introduction

 

This is the parable of the good Samaritan. The Samaritans were considered unrighteous, quite separate from the Jews. But the Samaritan found compassion in heart to take care of a wounded stranger.

 

Message

 

A man well-versed in the law asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life.

 

And He said to Him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” - Luke 10:28

 

The lawyer knew that he should love his neighbour as himself. He then asked who the neighbour was. After sharing the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus replied with a question back to the lawyer - who would be considered a good neighbour.

 

So which of these three do you think was neighbour to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” - Luke 10:36-37

 

Break all barriers to reach out and show compassion (1 John 3:17).

 

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? - 1 John 3:17

 

Your toolbox for loving one another is found in Galatians 5:22-23. These are your power tools.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23

 

The toolbox can be used in many situations - reconciliation, evangelism, discipleship and mission. Being a reflection of Jesus is our duty (2 Cor 3:18; Luke 17:10; Matt 5:16).

 

Have you ever had an opportunity to help someone and walked away? What is holding you back from using the power tools to reach out to the lost and the needy?

 

1. Reach out A.S.A.P.

A.S.A.P. stands for “Always Stop And Provide Love”

 

“Go and do likewise.” (Luke 6:46). Let’s begin at the beginning - begin with the family. Use your power tools. Step out of your comfort zone. Step off the “boat” (Matt 14:29).

 

2. Reach out boldly and intentionally

The Samaritan was intentional in helping the wounded man. He put him up at the inn and tended to his injuries. Be intentionally bold. Be fearless. Be empowered. Be radical. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 talks about the labour of love and walking in love.

 

There are 3 types of Christians when it comes to reaching out - (1) those who wait for something to happen; (2) those who don’t care what happened; and (3) those who always take action and make things happen. Which type are you?

 

It is about ‘doing’ - do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. Become a person of action. Be willing and able to step into situations as they arise.

 

Closing

 

The power tools keep you in love and have mercy toward one another (Jude 1:21-22; Mical 6:8). When you use the tools, you please the Father. Reach out using the power tools today (James 4:17).

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