This Week at JMPC 8.11.19

In 1973, John Darley and Daniel Batson wrote an article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled: From Jerusalem to Jericho, A Study of Situational and Dispositional Variables in Helping Behavior. I am pretty sure most of the readers of this little teaser for this week’s sermon are not going to look up the article to read it. It’s pretty heavy stuff. But its topic is the same as the topic for this week’s sermon. The Parable of the Good Samaritan. As you might guess, the events that occur in the parable happen on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. A man is saved from a life-threatening circumstance by the ‘Good Samaritan’. Jesus says that to do the same is what we need to do to inherit eternal life. It is a simple message. But then there is this: The Darley and Batson article describes a test done by the two academics. Several seminary students were assigned to teach a lesson on the Good Samaritan to a group of people. The classroom was in a building across campus. Off they went. An actor was stationed about halfway. This character was clearly in distress and in need of help. Ready? Can you guess what happened? Yep! Not one of the seminary students stopped to render assistance. One actually just stepped over the purportedly injured man. Why? They were in a hurry to teach the class about why it was essential to stop and help such a person. This begs the question – What would we do? If we want to “do this and live”, what does “this” mean for us? Come and hear about it this Sunday at John McMillan Presbyterian Church at 9:30 when Pastor Jeff starts his three-part sermon series on the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There is a lot more here than meets the eye! Come and spend the last three Sundays in August with us.

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