Nov 12, 2017

Pastor Kelly,

"Faith in Action: The Detour" Luke 10:25-37

“Greater love has no man than this, That a man lay down his life for another.”

Jackie Robinson stated: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

How do you feel when you see this sign? (Detour sign)

-Mad, frustrated, anxious, confused

Some detours in life come at you, and there’s no way -you can choose to take your normal route.

A serious illness - you’re laid off from your job - a loved one dies - a spouse walks out.

Those detours don’t give you a choice. But there are other times in your life when you have a choice to get off your normal path and take a detour. A detour that will enable you to help someone in need. When the chance to serve someone comes are you the kind of person who will follow the sign that says “Take your normal and comfortable route” or take the “Detour Ahead?”

We are going to look at a person in the Bible who decided to take a detour on his road of life so he could be of service to someone else. He is known as the “Good Samaritan.”


Vs 25 - “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’


He also challenges our definition of who is our neighbor. By using a Samaritan as the hero Jesus is giving a new definition of who is my neighbor.


So 1st: We are to check our motivation, do we have hearts of compassion?

2ndly: We are to check our definition do we have our own little check list of people who we will helpor are we willing to accept Jesus’ definition of anyone who is in need?

That brings us to the final question: What does this mean to me?

(A) In order to be the kind of neighbor God wants us to be we must realize that a detour takes risk.

(B) To be the kind of neighbor we must understand that a detour takes personal involvement. (time & money)

In the end Jesus switched gears Did you catch what Jesus did? No longer are we asking “Who is my neighbor?”but rather “What kind of neighbor am I?”

I challenge you to take a detour to get off your normal beaten path of life. It doesn’t have to even be anything big. But do something for someone else. Visit someone in the hospital. Take a plate food to shut-in. Volunteer to babysit for a single mom. Write a letter to a soldier overseas....Make a difference for someone else.

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