We often hear the command “Love your neighbor as yourself,” but what does that mean exactly? It’s easy to love the people closest to us (at least most of the time), but how well do we show love to the people we come into contact with at the grocery store, on the highway, or even on social media? How do we treat those who are different from us, who deliberately wrong us, or seek to harm us? Jesus gave many examples of how to show love to others through his teachings, healings, and interactions with the men and women he met during his earthly ministry. In this four-week series called How To Neighbor, we will look at his example, as we ask the question, “What does neighboring actually look like?” Here is the schedule…
SEPTEMBER 13 – “LOVING MY NEIGHBOR”
If we are going to impact our community, we must understand what love for our neighbor really is. Love is a word we throw around for a lot of things. To truly comprehend love we must look at God’s love – in particular His love for us. In this message we will talk about six reasons we must love our neighbor.
SEPTEMBER 20– “CHOOSING TO NEIGHBOR”
Love is not only an emotion, it is a choice. We can choose to love our neighbor or not to love our neighbor. In Jesus’ story about The Good Samaritan, we will discover that loving our neighbor is a choice – one that must be made on a regular basis.
SEPTEMBER 27 – “COMPASSION FOR MY NEIGHBOR”
The Good Samaritan not only chose to love his neighbor, but he exhibited compassion in astounding ways. Compassionate people do not only sympathize and empathize but they also actively help alleviate the sufferings of others. In other words, compassion is not only about thoughts, feelings, and emotions, but also about actions and solutions. Join us for another look at this great parable.
OCTOBER 4 – “CROSS CULTURE NEIGHBORING”
Using Acts 1:8 as a template, we will explore how we can be neighbors to those who live in our communities but are not like us. North Harris County is becoming more diverse every day, and the vision of God’s kingdom is for people from every tribe and tongue to hear the Gospel and be saved. From Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we will learn how we must reach to those who are near us but not like us.