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The Dangerous Middle

Series: Who Is My Neighbor?

Speaker: Mike Makalusky

August 2, 2020

Mike Makalusky

Executive Pastor

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Madison Park Church of God - Anderson, IN

The Dangerous Middle

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - Pastor Mike Makalusky

 
 

If I am a person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ, what would that faith lead me to do when it comes to loving others?

 
Ephesians 4:1NIV

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

 
Luke 10:29-37NLT

29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant#10:32 Greek A Levite. walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,#10:35 Greek two denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage. telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

 

I. I have to experience mercy before I can give mercy.

 
Luke 10:29NLT

29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

 

II. Mercy Demands that I stand with Jesus in the place of suffering.

 

III. Healing begins with the humility of God’s people.

 
2 Chronicles 7:14NLT

14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

 

Repentance: Rethinking the way you think about everything.

 
 

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