59 The good Samaritan

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Luke 10:27.

Have you ever used one of these excuses?

  • I’m too busy
  • I’m too tired
  • Do I have to?
  • Maybe later…
  • Someone else can do it

In 2006, sailor Mike Golding gave up his chance of winning a round-the-world single-handed yacht race to rescue another competitor, Alex Thomson, whose boat was sinking. Afterwards, Alex said: “I am very grateful for Mike coming back to get me.” Do you think Mike did the right thing or should he have carried on, to win the race? Why?

Some people aim to do at least one good deed for someone else every day. Could you manage that?


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The story so far…

Jesus was well known as a teacher who talked about God. Many people believed what he said and followed him; others were not pleased at his words. Sometimes they tried to catch him out or ask him impossible questions. That’s what happened in this Bible story.

Now read Luke 10:25–37 together.


What happened next…

The Bible does not tell us what the man did after Jesus told him this story. What do you think?


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 78 together.


Did you know…?

Samaritans The Jews and the people of Samaria lived close to one another but they had been enemies for hundreds of years. No one who heard Jesus’ story would expect the Samaritan to be the good person who helps the injured man: they would be really shocked at such an ending!

Living God’s way In this story, each traveller on the road is an example of what to do or what not to do. Jesus said to do the same as the Samaritan traveller. In God’s kingdom people look after others and give up their own plans for those who need them.

Eternal life This is the life of God that can be shared by human beings also. The way to eternal life is to believe in or put our trust in Jesus. Explore more Bible verses about eternal life in John 3:16; 10:28; 14:1–4; 14:6.


Try it out

If Jesus was telling you this story today, how do you think he would tell it? Who would be the man who was beaten up? Who would be the men who did not stop? Who would be the kind traveller: the most unlikely person to come to the rescue?

Work out your version of the story and then draw a series of pictures or take photos to turn it into a storyboard or photo story. Get your friends to help as actors or part of the production team.

If you are stuck for ideas of where to start, imagine two rival sports teams. A fan gets beaten up and left at the side of the road. Two people come along who could help, but don’t. Then a fan from the rival team appears and helps.


Talk to God

Ask God to show you whom he wants you to help today.

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