Hey BridgeKids Families!

Jesus was meeting with His followers when an expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Him a question. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus pointed Him to the Scriptures, which say, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (See Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18.)

Family Devotional

Then the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Rather than give a list of whom the man should love, Jesus responded with a parable about a man in need. The priest and Levite—men dedicated to serving God—neglected to help the man in need. By showing mercy, the Samaritan (whom Jews considered a social outcast) proved to be a neighbor to the man in need. Jesus told the lawyer, “Go and do the same.”

Open your Bibles to Luke 10:25-37. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read Jesus’ story about the good Samaritan surprised the people who heard it. Like the good Samaritan, God saw that we needed to be rescued. He sent His Son to save us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose again so we can have eternal life. God calls us to show His love for the world by helping people in need.

Jesus did not directly answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The lawyer asked the wrong question; he was seeking to justify himself, to meet the minimum requirements of the Old Testament law with the hope of gaining eternal life. Rather, Jesus taught that the lawyer should love without limits and demonstrate love with action.
In this parable, we see the beauty of the gospel. Point out to your kids that like the good Samaritan, God saw that we needed to be rescued. We were dead in our sin and unable to help ourselves. God showed His love when He sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from sin.
Jesus came to us and provided salvation, forgiveness, and everything we need. As we look to Him, He continues to take care of us. Emphasize that, as a result, God calls us to show His love for the world by loving others as He has loved us.

Ask the questions:    

  • What question was Jesus asked at the start of the passage? (“What must I do to have eternal life?” Luke 10:25)
  • How did Jesus respond at first? (He asked the lawyer what the Scriptures said, Luke 10:26-28)
  • What was the lawyer’s next question? (“Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29)
  • What happened to the man in the parable? (He was attacked by robbers and left to die, Luke 10:30)
  • Who did not stop to help the man? (Both a priest and a Levite passed by without helping the man, Luke 10:31-32)
  • Who finally did help the man? (a Samaritan man, Luke 10:33)
  • What did the Samaritan do for the man? (bandaged him, took him to an inn to rest and recover, and paid for his expenses; Luke 10:34-35)
  • Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.

BridgeKids Announcements

  • Fall Trunk or Treat – BridgeKids is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 27 from 6-7:30.  Wear your favorite costume and come out for some fun!  We also are looking for people that want to participate by decorating their trunk and being a part of the fun!  If you would like to do a trunk, reply to this e-mail and we will send you more details. One last thing, we also need candy to give the kids in our community.  We will have a bin at the church that you can donate bags of fun sized candy to give away that night.
  • Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God.  Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
  • Operation Christmas Child: BridgeKids has a goal of sending at least 100 shoeboxes this Christmas.  Every week we are collecting a new themed item for our boxes.  Drop items in the BK check in area. Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ. This week we are collecting kids hats, gloves, and scarves.