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Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Burdens You For

Gospel Life · 44:01 · Recorded June 6, 2021

Burdens You For

Luke 10:25-35 (NIV) 25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27He answered, “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 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” 28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

How the world tends to look at the hurt & needy

– Bleeding hearts think everyone is an innocent victim.

– Hard hearts think we get what we deserve.

Having a heart for the hurting

1. Learn to distinguish between divine appointments and drive by guiltings.

Luke 10:33 (NIV) But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Galatians 6:10 (NIV) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…

2. Offer help before you offer advice.

James 2:14-16 (NLT) What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

1 John 3:17-18 (NLT) If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

3. Fix a problem, but don’t feed a pattern.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

4. Do what you can.

Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT) Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Matthew 14:13-14 (NLT) As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

5. Remember, God can do much with your little when you offer it.

Matthew 14:15-21 (NLT) 15That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18“Bring them here,” he said. 19Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!

Talk It Over
  • Before the message today would you say you had an answer to what God has “burdened you for”? If so what is it? Did the Holy Spirit prompt you with a burden of compassion for something new or specific after hearing the message?

  • Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to help explain the Great Commandment – loving God and loving others. How do each of the following passages help motivate you to go beyond good intentions and love those around you in a practical way? Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:14-18; 1 John 3:16-18

  • Do you tend to have a bleeding heart or a hard heart? Explain what circumstances in your life have shaped your feelings in this area.

  • Meeting the needs of others often happens in the interruptions of life. Jesus gave his followers clear instruction and a great example of what it looks like to be interruptible and to meet the needs of others. Refer to Mark 10:46-52 as an example.

    • What helps you pay attention and take notice of the needs of others?
    • What can distract you from taking notice of these needs?
    • How can you become more interruptible so you can be better used by God?
  • Is there an area you need prayer for? Would you be willing to share that with our prayer team? Write it on your Connection Card or fill it out online. Come to the Lounge following service and share it.

  • This would be a great week to talk with kids about compassion and what that means. How do they feel when they see someone who doesn’t seem to have enough of what they need or someone who isn’t included in a group? Discuss ways they can love God and love others. What are practical ways they can help? Invite that person into their group? Talk to them and begin to make friends? Pack extra in their lunch so they can share? Help kids see that even a simple action is showing love, and everyone can do something.

Talk It Over
  • Before the message today would you say you had an answer to what God has “burdened you for”? If so what is it? Did the Holy Spirit prompt you with a burden of compassion for something new or specific after hearing the message?

  • Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to help explain the Great Commandment – loving God and loving others. How do each of the following passages help motivate you to go beyond good intentions and love those around you in a practical way? Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:14-18; 1 John 3:16-18

  • Do you tend to have a bleeding heart or a hard heart? Explain what circumstances in your life have shaped your feelings in this area.

  • Meeting the needs of others often happens in the interruptions of life. Jesus gave his followers clear instruction and a great example of what it looks like to be interruptible and to meet the needs of others. Refer to Mark 10:46-52 as an example.

    • What helps you pay attention and take notice of the needs of others?
    • What can distract you from taking notice of these needs?
    • How can you become more interruptible so you can be better used by God?
  • Is there an area you need prayer for? Would you be willing to share that with our prayer team? Write it on your Connection Card or fill it out online. Come to the Lounge following service and share it.

  • This would be a great week to talk with kids about compassion and what that means. How do they feel when they see someone who doesn’t seem to have enough of what they need or someone who isn’t included in a group? Discuss ways they can love God and love others. What are practical ways they can help? Invite that person into their group? Talk to them and begin to make friends? Pack extra in their lunch so they can share? Help kids see that even a simple action is showing love, and everyone can do something.

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