Art of Neighboring
What Comes First?
This past Sunday, Pastor Jason raised this caution that is very well known to trial lawyers. With "one question too many," the narrative can change and the argument lost! The man who asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" asked "one question too many." He sought to justify himself, but was instead exposed.
Though dangerous, exposing ourselves to Jesus is one of the most important acts of discipleship. Any true student wants to be corrected by the Master in order to learn, and so the follower of Christ will ask dangerous questions of Jesus, risking even "one question too many." Here's the question I dare you to ask during these weeks: "In what ways do I seek to justify not being a good neighbor to those God has placed around me?"
Music: "I Will Sing of Your Love" by Mark Hayes & Randy Cox; sung by our Chancel Choir.
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.