“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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In this first sermon of the Tell Me a Story series, Andy presents us with the parable of the Good Samaritan. This is one of the most widely known Biblical stories, but the concept of a “Good Samaritan” is often misused. The phrase appears consistently in the media and otherwise, but almost exclusively in terms of a “a random act of kindness.” Looking at the context we find in Luke 10, we realize that there is much more to it than that. Listen in to hear how Jesus navigates a theological chess match and learn how he challenges the stereotypes of social boundaries and class division that were prominent in his day. How can Jesus’ thoughts challenge us in dealing with today’s social boundaries and stereotypes?

Current Sermon Series
Jesus often used stories when he spoke to groups and individuals. He sometimes used them to help illustrate his point, but he also used them at times to speak profound truths in almost cryptic ways. If he was preaching against the social structures and cultural norms, for example, using plain language could have been dangerous for Jesus. So he would often speak in confusing ways so that only some of his audience would be able to truly comprehend his meaning. In this series, Tell Me a Story, we will be studying six of the parables of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel account. And we will hear from six different preachers throughout the series. Stay tuned for this unique and exciting opportunity to have some guest preachers bring the Word of God to the faithful body of believers that is First Friends Church.

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