FIVE WAYS TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS
We relate to people every day. We engage in conversations. We share meals together. We help each other out and learn what’s happening in each other’s lives. What if doing those same things could help someone who’s not yet walking with Jesus to take a step toward him? What if God could use your acts of friendship to help someone discover new life in Christ? In this series we’ll learn five practical ways to love our neighbors.
February 18, 2018
Why You're Blest
You are blest. You may not receive every blessing you wish for, but you are blest every day. Does God have a purpose in the blessings you receive? Yes! Four thousand years ago God promised to bless Abraham and through him to bless others – so that someday all peoples of the world would be blest. Now, you’re a part of that promise.
February 25, 2018
B: Begin With Prayer
One thing is sure. Someone has prayed for you – a parent, friend, grandparent, teacher. And you were blest. The Bible says that Jesus is praying to the Father on your behalf. And you are blest. In the same way, you can bless someone who may be far from God through persistent, heartfelt prayer. Your best opportunities to bless begin with prayer.
March 4, 2018
L: Listen With Care
People feel most valued when they’re listened to. By listening to someone’s stories, we discover that person’s deepest self. Those stories come out when we get beyond functional communication and focus on the individual, when we ask questions and then not interrupt. And God will always let us know what’s next when we learn to listen.
March 11, 2018
E: Eat Together
It’s a mysterious truth. Nothing establishes rapport quite like eating together. Conversation flows freely. We laugh together. Barriers are broken. We let each other into our trusted circle of friends – all because we gathered around a table to share a meal. Eating together was Jesus’s top way of saying, “I accept you.” And it has much the same impact today.
March 18, 2018
S:Serve in Love
When a friend shows up to help, what a wonderful surprise that is! It means so much to know you’re not alone. Their presence says, “You’re important to me.” Their generosity says, “I’m a friend you can count on.” Jesus made it his mission to serve. His disciples have been serving ever since. And the miracle is the spiritual curiosity it creates.
March 18, 2018
S:Share Your Story
We watch movies and read books because we love getting wrapped up in a good story. Stories inspire us. They move us and make us see ourselves differently. When we identify with people and their stories, we are changed. Jesus was a storyteller. His stories connected with people more deeply than factual instruction ever could. Your life in Christ has created a string of personal stories – stories that are meant to be shared.