The Good Samaritan (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Friendship, Golden Rule, Gospel of Luke, Jesus (Parables), Jesus' Commandment - To Love as He Loved

Read Luke 10:25-37

  • Read the complete story.
  • Who challenged Jesus?
  • What are the two great commandments?
  • How do we know Jesus loved God?
  • How do we know Jesus loved his neighbor as himself?
  • How does Jesus define "neighbor"?
  • Who is our neighbor?
  • Is the Good Samaritan another way of showing how Jesus loved?
  • What kind of story does Jesus tell the lawyer? (parable)
  • Look at the characters in the story: the priest, the Levite, the Samaritan, the man who was beaten.
    • Who might these people be today?
    • What if the injured person were someone from a different ethnic group than yours? Would you stop to help?
    • Why do you think the two Jews walked away from him?
    • Describe the Samaritan.
    • Why was it so unusual for him to stop and tend to the man's wounds?
    • What if the injured man was from Israel? The United States?
    • And what if the Samaritan was a Palestinian? Iraqi?
    • Would you expect him to stop and help?
  • What did the lawyer learn from this parable?
  • What lessons did you learn from this parable?
  • How can we all express more compassion and care for one another?
  • Does loving your neighbor as yourself help explain how Jesus loved?
  • Why is it important for us to be willing to help others?
  • How does God see each of us?
    • How can we work to see each other the way God sees us?