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Our Mission – Rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus, we reach out into the fallen world to lift up those whom life has worn down.
I wonder what’s going on with Jim, is the thought that crossed your mind when you last saw him. He seems to be preoccupied with something that’s really bothering him. Jim may be a friend, a family member, a classmate or someone you know casually but, because of who you are, you feel compelled to reach out to him although doing so is awkward in so many ways.
Whatever is bothering him may be very personal or embarrassing to talk about and so, most of us avoid close contact and simply ‘cross to the other side of the road’. Today’s Samaritan, is conceived to train us to deal with this kind of awkward situation with confidence.
Today’s culture inflicts spiritual damage on many psyches that need a place to heal. We know where that place is, but among the unchurched population, attending worship may not be an acceptable solution, at least for a while. So, it is best to go easy and render the help in situ, that is wherever our distressed friend is most comfortable. Today’s Samaritan suggests a process which will give you some comfort and confidence as you pursue the Samaritan role.
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10; 29-35
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you have.’”
Meetings will start at 7 pm and will consist of half-hour training sessions followed by discussion of experiences.
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