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Art of Neighboring

Nov 10, 2019 | Clint Tolbert

Motive Matters

What is the motivation for "loving your neighbor as yourself?" As most of you are aware, we are in the midst of a sermon series entitled "The Art of Neighboring." Throughout this series, we have recognized that, like many modern Americans, we have lost touch with our immediate neighbors. We may not even know their name and that makes genuinely loving them pretty tough! So, as a congregation, we are encouraging one another to re-engage with those who live around us, learning their name as a first step. Before we take any further steps towards our neighbors, I want us to stop and ask the question: why? What is our motive for loving our neighbor?

Are we loving our neighbors with the hope of a certain outcome? Or are we motivated from a different source? This is the question God's Word will impress on us this weekend.

Music: "O Love" by Elaine Hagenberg; sung by our Chancel Choir


Series Information

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.