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Learning how to be
an everyday Samaritan.

Pastor Hope Chernich, First Church of Des Plaines

The Good Samaritan is one of Jesus' most famous stories, found in Luke 10:25-37.


Once, a legal expert approached Jesus with a question: "How can I inherit eternal life?" Jesus then questioned the man about his knowledge of the law. The man's reply was, "You must love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus praised him for giving the right answer. Understanding the expectation, the man only had to venture out and bring it to life.


Still, this expert had a point to make.  He asked Jesus one more question, “Who is my neighbor?” 


Jesus replied to the question by narrating a story about a man who was attacked and abandoned on the roadside. Three different people walked past– important, prominent people. Not a single person took notice of the suffering of the injured man.  After some hours,  another traveler came down the road. He was a Samaritan.  Being a Samaritan in Israel entails being despised, feared, and even hated. Stopping in his tracks, the Samaritan offered help to the man in need.

He brought him to a nearby inn to receive proper care and even paid the innkeeper for the man’s care.


Wrapping up the tale, Jesus posed the question, "Who acted as a neighbor to the man who was harmed?" The reply came, "The Samaritan did!" Jesus then plainly said, "Go and do the same.”


First Church will be discussing different facets of life with the Holy Spirit in their Sunday sermons throughout the month of May.


This summer we’ll talk about how we can be better neighbors.  Our learning will center around Peer Ministry Leadership by Lyle Griner. We will look at practical skills that demonstrate mercy.  We will discuss the importance of treating our neighbors with compassion and grace. We will talk about how to love our neighbors as ourselves.  


During worship, we will sing, pray, and listen to God's word. Gratitude, confession, and forgiveness will be the key elements of our learning.

Our goal is to readjust our lives to be in harmony with God and our fellow humans. 


We will explore skills from Peer Ministry Leadership. These will help us to listen, help, and welcome our neighbors. 


Join us on Sundays this summer, either in person at church or online, as we get ready for the new things God has in store for Des Plaines!

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