I have made a number of lists that I see out of the story of the Good Samaritan and its surrounding implications. Here are 8 lists.
1) Characters in the Story of the Good Samaritan
1. The Miserable Man
2. The Terrible Thieves
3. The Passing Priest
4. The Looking Levite
5. The Sympathetic Samaritan
2) Six compassionate actions of the Samaritan:
1. He “went to him.”
2. He “bandaged his wounds.” This might have involved ripping up some of his own clothes to make bandages.
3. He poured oil and wine on the man’s wounds. Oil (olive) soothed the wound, while wine disinfected it.
4. He “put the man on his own donkey,” which probably meant that the Samaritan had to walk.
5. He “took him to an inn.”
6. He didn’t dump and run. He “took care of him” and provided enough money (“two silver coins”) for the man to stay several days.
3) Five requirements for serving others
4) What did the Samaritan take care of:-
1. Physical need.
2. Safety Need
3. Clothing need.
4. Transportation need.
5. Shelter need.
6. Financial need.
5) Characteristics of Compassion
1) Compassion is the catalyst to real ministry
2) Compassion is based on need not on worth…”
3) Compassion feels something
4) Compassion does something
5) Compassion costs something
6) Compassion demonstrates a real relationship with God
6) Characteristics of The Good Samaritan
1. THE LEGS OF MERCY
He went to him
2. THE EYES OF UNDERSTANDING
When he saw
3. THE HEART OF LOVE
Moved with compassion
4. THE HANDS OF CARING
He Bandaged his wounds
7) Thoughts about Neighbours from the story
1. We are not to ask WHO our neighbour is; we are to BE a neighbour.
2. To be a neighbour is to show COMPASSION.
3. Even my ENEMY is my neighbour.
8) Why should you serve others?
1. Because we were created for service
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
2. It proves you belong to Christ
Romans 7:4 “So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”
3. Serving others is a way to serve God
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (NIV)
4. Because you owe God everything
Romans 12:1 “ 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
5.Because it’s the best use of your life
1 Corinthians 15:58
“ Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
6. Because it makes life meaningful
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20)
Jesus said in Mark 8:35 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
7. It will be rewarded for eternity
In John 12:26 Jesus said, “My Father will honour the one who serves me.”
In Matthew 25:21 He says, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
This life is a test. This is just probation down here. You’re just being tested and God is seeing what kind of faithfulness you have. You’re going to spend far more time on that side of eternity than you do the 60, 70, 80, 90 years you’re here.