Giving in Grace Bible Study Series 3

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

For a video reflection on the passage by Epiphany’s rector, Kristofer, click here.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus provides a compelling example of “giving in grace.” The story relates the experience of a man on a journey who was beaten, robbed, and left beside the road. We are told that three people came upon this man and his suffering, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan. The priest and Levite passed the man by while the Samaritan came to his aid and did all that he could to care for the man including making provisions for recuperative care. From this experience, Jesus asks the question, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The answer given was, “The one who showed him mercy.” To this Jesus tells us, “Go and do likewise.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How is this story of the Good Samaritan an example of “giving in grace”?
  2. What are some characteristics of this giving?
  3. What do you think was the motivation of the Samaritan as he helped the traveler?
  4. How do the Samaritan’s actions reflect an understanding of stewardship as “how we live each day in the midst of God’s rich grace in Christ”? How do the Samaritan’s actions reflect “giving in grace”?
  5. Beyond the obvious, such as family, friends, and church, what are some ways you have experienced God’s grace and mercy this week? Dig deep!
  6. In what ways have you given in grace and have been a grace-full neighbor this week?