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Steve Zeisler - August 14, 2016

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This message begins with the questions: what leads to eternal life? and who is my neighbor?, and ends with one of Jesus' most famous parables – the story of the Good Samaritan. We learn of our creator’s purpose for us—we should love God wholly and love our neighbors as ourselves. The surprising compassion of the Samaritan traveler breaks down man-­made barriers that separate people and points to Jesus sacrificial rescue of wounded souls like us.

Scripture References: Luke 10:25-37

From Series: "Invited: Stories of Welcome in the Gospel of Luke"

Sermons this summer will focus on portraits of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel. Our recent studies in the life of David pointed forward to Israel’s true sovereign and now we turn to accounts of Jesus whom David called, ”my Lord”. We quickly discover that the ‘son of David’ is much greater than any of the ancients had anticipated. Israel’s king is in fact the savior of the world, the Lord of all. Luke is an apt herald of this message. As the only Gentile among the gospel writers Luke is especially attuned to Jesus’ welcome of those who were outside, unworthy and rejected. The “beloved physician” wrote his account of Jesus’ life as the first of two volumes, knowing he would also recount the story of witnesses who told the world of its savior. After a summer in Luke we will begin the journey of Acts in September.

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