Loving God by loving our neighbors

Jesus couldn’t have been any clearer: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). We understand the words, but like the Pharisee Jesus was interacting with, we try to define neighbor. We want it to be people who think like us or share our interests. People who are easy to get along with.

 

Or, He could mean our neighbor. The one next door … or across the street?

 

That person who doesn’t keep up their lawn or plays the drums too loud or has cultural customs or a lifestyle we don’t understand or agree with.

 

At the very least Jesus is talking about that neighbor.

 

It’s one thing to be a beautiful church that gathers people who think the same and more or less look the same and like the same kind of music.

 

But that’s not the beautiful church Jesus wants to build. He wants to build a church that loves each other, but also serves and loves and cares for the surrounding community – the neighbors. This is a beautiful church.

 

We are the church. And we intend to be a beautiful church in our neighborhood. 

Sermon series schedule

October 13 -The Beautiful Church Looks Like Jesus

Jesus’ Incarnation is our model for mission and loving our neighbors.

John 1.1-14; 20.21

"We endeavor to live and love like Jesus..."

 

October 20 - The Beautiful Church Serves Sacrificially

Reinforce serving as a continuation of the All Church Focus and emphasize that we are to sacrifice to serve others. 

Luke 10.25-37

"...as we compassionately relate..."

 

October 27 - The Beautiful Church Knows/Loves the Neighborhood

Paul navigated the cultural landmines and surrendered some of his “rights” to reach people with the gospel. How can we have insight into our communities and adjust our posture to them accordingly? 

1st Corinthians 9.19-23

"...as we compassionately relate..."


November 3 - The Beautiful Church Invests in the Neighborhood

We need to set down roots in our community because God has us here for a season – whether long or short, ideal or not (like Israel’s exile).

Jeremiah 29.1-14

"...to our community..."

 

November 10 - The Beautiful Church Crosses Barriers

Like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, Jesus crosses barriers to connect with the Samaritan woman.

John 4

"...and beyond..."

 

November 17 - The Beautiful Church is Hospitable

Mathew gets saved and then invites all of his "unsavory" friends over to hang out with Jesus.

Luke 5.27-32

 "...and beyond..."


November 24 - The Beautiful Church is Strategically Placed

God places seekers where He may be found. That’s often going to be through neighbors.

Acts 17.22-28

"...that all might thrive as followers of Jesus."

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