DCL 4.6 Instruction | Biblical Case Study | The Good Samaritan

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor and Shaun Blakeney, Student Ministry Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

There are many examples in Scripture of unselfish thinking. Abraham was unselfish when he gave Lot the first choice of land. Jonathan models unselfish thinking in his friendship with David. Joseph shows the ultimate of unselfish thinking as he extends grace and forgiveness to his brothers who had terribly mistreated him. In the Good Samaritan story, Jesus teaches unselfish thinking. What are some lessons we learn from the people in the Good Samaritan story?

1.  The victim: There are wounded people who need help.

2.  The robbers: There are selfish people who hurt others.

3.  The priest and Levite: There are those who ignore the needs of others.

4.  The Samaritan: There are those who unselfishly serve others.

  • The Samaritan intentionally walked toward the wounded man.
  • The Samaritan showed mercy toward the wounded man.
  • The Samaritan took time to get personally involved.
  • The Samaritan gave generously of his time and resources.
  • The Samaritan committed to long-term involvement.
  • The Samaritan was willing to be vulnerable.

 

Four Attitudes Displayed:

Only the Samaritan is unselfish in his thinking. Note that unselfish thinking produces unselfish deeds.

1.  Robbers: What is yours is mine, and I am going to take it.

2.  Priest: What is mine is mine, and I am going to keep it.

3.  Levite: What is yours is yours, and I am going to ignore it.

4.  Samaritan: What is mine is yours, and I am going to share it.

 

The Samaritan’s response to the wounded man was a beautiful demonstration of the power of unselfish thinking to guide our actions. Even though the Samaritan had no previous relationship with the victim, he cared about him anyway. He invested in the wounded man even though he would not gain anything materially from his actions. He would instead lose time and money. Why would the priest and Levite have been so selfish in their thinking? Think about these possible reasons:

1.  They were in a hurry.

2.  They were too busy.

3.  They suffered from racial prejudice.

4.  They feared that involvement would be too costly.

5.  They did not want added responsibility.

6.  They were insensitive.

7.  They were too proud to serve others.

 

DISCUSSION

  • Do you think the wounded man would have helped the Samaritan had the situation been reversed? Explain your reasoning.

 

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