Art of Neighboring
The Art of Receiving
How good are you at receiving? As followers of Jesus, we frequently talk about the importance of giving. Indeed, as a congregation we are currently gathering groceries to give to families in need for Thanksgiving and we are sending shoeboxes full of toys to children in need around the world.
Growing as a giver is an essential part of what it means to be a Christian. Have you ever considered, however, the necessity of receiving in this life that we share? Before we were ever called to be givers, we were called to receive. The gospel calls us to receive the forgiveness of God and the life that Jesus freely offers.
I find that it is much more challenging to receive than it is to give. It is a humbling experience to depend on someone else and yet the Bible helps us understand that if we are going to fully participate in the life of Christ within our neighborhoods we must not only be givers, but receivers as well. This is the great challenge we will consider from God's Word this weekend as we continue to give ourselves to the "Art of Neighboring."
Music: "The Church of God Is One" by David Hill; Chancel Choir, Wayne Whitten, director and organ; accompanied by the Academy Brass Quintet
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.