Art of Neighboring
And Who Is My Neighbor?
We are preparing to enter a church small group study led by the book, The Art of Neighboring, which begins the week of October 21. In anticipation of this study, this Sunday we will consider the question the expert in the law asked Jesus in The Parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. His question of Jesus was, “and who is my neighbor?” When considering this text, a few questions come to mind. What did the expert in the law mean by neighbor? What do we mean when we refer to neighbor? How did Jesus’ answer affect the Palestinian Jewish culture of his time, and what affect has it had on our understanding of neighbor 2,000 years later?
Music: "Come to Me" by Dan Forrest; Chancel Choir with Seth Johnson, soloist, and James Anderson, cello
Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right around us. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door.
This sermon series, based on the book The Art of Neighboring asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them. Our church will continue the discussion from the Sunday message into small groups meeting at various times during the week.