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Session 6

You the People

Read: Luke 10:25-37

In 1968, two scientists named John Darley and Bibb Latane launched a series of experiments determining how an uninvolved bystander would react if confronted with another person’s emergency. For example, how would neighbors react if they witnessed another neighbor’s beating and murder? Over the next 10 years, their tests consistently showed that bystanders would rarely check on a victim, much less report the crime. It seems impossible that humans could act this way, but this tendency reaches far past our last few generations. The Bible records a similar instance in Luke 10 in the parable of the good Samaritan.

A Jewish traveler is beaten, robbed and left on the side of the road. Other travelers pass the hurting man, ignoring him and his pain. He remains in this state until a Samaritan man passes by and not only tends his wounds, but puts him up in a hotel room for the night. These actions are even more impressive when you consider the cultural and racial hatred between Jewish people and Samaritans during this time. 

Imagine how we could impact the community if we refused to pass by a need without addressing it. If we carry the understanding that Christ is the hope of the world through us, if we carry the true identity that we have been given as vessels of the Gospel, we could rock this world as members of the body. 

The first question for us is, “If the church doesn’t help, who will?” The second question is, “Who is the church?”  Allow me to satisfy your curiosity.

If the church doesn’t help, no one will. 

You are the church. 

It is your responsibility to address need when you see it. It is mine to address need when I see it. Let us join together and pool our resources to turn our community on its head and point it to Christ.

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