God in Jesus, “moved into our neighborhood.” As followers of Jesus, we too live in a neighborhood. Where we live is by God’s design and purpose. We are where we are to seek the prosperity of our neighborhood and community. Consider how the fullness of God may be seen and understood, and with God’s help, we can do this! We can be good neighbors.
Text: Jeremiah 29:1-7; John 17:15-17
One of the quickest ways to kill a relationship is to be a “know-it-all.” Our pride and ‘”righteousness” can get in the way of humbly following Jesus. From Jesus we learn to walk in humility as stewards of the incredibly gift of God’s restoring grace. Text: 1 Corinthians 4:6-7; Proverbs 16:18; Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus answered the “Who is My Neighbor” question by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan. Love of neighbor included, without grumbling, hospitality. Consider a compelling witness of Jesus through neighborly hospitality. Text: 1 Peter 4:1-11
Allegiances in Jesus’ day were as real as we face today–same competing loyalties, just a different empire. While in the midst of mixed allegiances, Jesus asks a profound question. Consider how authentic allegiance must square with daily living. Text: Matthew 16:13-20
What makes a visible witness-visible? The answer may surprise us. Early Anabaptist’s were called “radicals” as result of a faithful and visible witness. In this spiritual identity series #3, consider a key teaching of Jesus which differentiates visibility from invisibility. Text: Mathew 25:31-46
We come to Jesus in need of healing, like the woman, and in need of having our vision of our neighbors transformed, like the synagogue leader. When we first see Jesus in our neighbors, we are then able to share Jesus. The transformation in our hearts is the mustard seed that becomes something much bigger than we could imagine. Text: Luke 13:10-20