Sr High Parents Update – May 9
“I SEE DEAD PEOPLE”
May, 9, 2012
We are going to dive into scripture over the next few weeks and look at some of the parables that Jesus taught. It is an incredible opportunity for us to learn from the teachings of Jesus and also teach the students how to study scripture and pull truth out of it. I am looking forward to some great discussions in our small groups as we talk through these parables and see how we can apply them to our lives. This week we are going to look at the parable of the Good Samaritan. A man was left by the side of the road beaten up, and half dead. In this story there are 3 people that walk by, but only one of them stops to help. In this world full of hurting people, how does God want us to respond? Please take a look at some of the small group material below.
- To look into this Parable and explore the many truths that are within it
- To help the students see how it applies to their lives
- To build relationship with the students and be available to help them
- High’s and lows
- Did anything stick out from the message that you had questions about?
Dig a Little Deeper…
- You could read the parable again if you like
- Take a look at each of the following characters in this story and ask these questions …
- Who does this person represent in today’s society?
- Why did they act in the way that they did?
- What are some lessons that you can learn from this person?
- What are some ways that you can change in response to what you have learned?
- The Man / Robbers (vs. 30)
- The Priest (vs. 31)
- The Levite (vs. 32)
- Samaritan (vs. 33-35)
- You could share of a time where you have felt “beat up and robbed” and how someone helped you and what that meant to you
- You could share of a time where you helped someone else in need and what that meant to you
- What are some ways that you can reach out to the hurting people around you in your life?
- Pray for someone who you know is hurting and needs Jesus
25 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?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 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.’”[a]
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 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.
31 “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. 32 A Temple assistant[b] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 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. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[c] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”