Day 3 Activities - Love
Love - The Story of the Good Samaritan
- Who challenged Jesus? (A teacher of law, a lawyer)
- What are the two great commandments? ( to Love God and to Love your neighbor)
- Who is our neighbor?
- Can you tell me what happened in the story?
- 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 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?
- 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?
Love 2.0 - The Story of Jonah
- What was Jonah asked to do? (To go preach a message of repentance to the people of Nineveh)
- Why didn't he do it? (He thought that the people deserved the punishment of God, not His mercy)
- Have you ever been asked to do something you didn’t want to do? How did you respond?
- Where did he go instead? (He left and went by boat headed to Tarshish)
- What happened? (a storm began and the men on the ship were very afraid)
- How did they get the storm to stop? (Jonah told them he was running from God and told them to throw him overboard)
- What is the moral issue here? (disobedience, willfulness, prejudice, lack of integrity)
- Did Jonah express integrity? When? [He owns up to being the cause of the storm.]
- How many times does God ask Jonah to go to Nineveh? [2 times]
- Was he angry/afraid? [He was afraid the people would be obedient to God and angry that God was choosing to save them, Jonah thought they should be destroyed]
- Do you ever think someone should be punished rather than forgiven?
- Why is it important that we know God forgives? (because then we can know that we can be forgiven)
- Did the people repent / apologize to God and change their behavior?
- How did Jonah feel about the people turning to God? Was he showing love?
- God’s call to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3) is the foundational ‘call’ story in the Bible. How would you compare what Moses and Jonah are each called to do and the way each of them responds?