Series Big Idea:
Most people struggle to build relationships with their neighbors because:
1. They don’t see the value in it.
2. A lack of time.
3. A lack of trust.
The Great Commandment asks us to live much differently. Are we willing to love our neighbor(hood)? How should we change how we live in order to BLESS our neighbors?
Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Week 1 – Loving the Hood
Big Idea: When we try to love everyone, we often end up loving no one. Perhaps we need to take the Great Commandment literally. We can only do a few things really well- let’s make sure that one of them is the thing that Jesus said matters most: The Great Commandment.
Week 2- Making Time for the Hood
Big Idea: Do we live at a pace that allows us to be available to those who live around us? What would it take to change the pace of our lives in order to be more available to those who live around us? In order to take The Great Commandment seriously, we must create space in our lives to build relationships with those who live near us.
Week 3 – Creating a Neighborhood
Big Idea: Do you reach out and show hospitality to only your friends and those who you are comfortable around? Or, do you reach out to the excluded and the marginalized? In order to take The Great Commandment seriously, we must love those who God has placed around us. It’s not always going to be pretty, but it is going to be significant.
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