Neighbor Challenge: During February, we’d love to challenge you to continue learning and studying about God’s love and how to be the kind of “Neighbor” God calls us to be. We have listed a few suggestions for a reading plan you will find at “my.bible.com/reading-plans” Also, we’d love to invite you to our mid-week study, “Unpacked” which focuses on the previous week’s sermon. During this month, we will be including the reading “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis as well.
my.bible.com reading plan suggestions
Deeper into Scripture: 1 Corinthians (16 Days)
40 Days of Love: Rick Warren (28 Days)
Uncommon Love is (5 Days)
Love What Matters (15 Days)
Wednesday Night - 6:30pm, Room 200
Unpacked and “The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis”
God is honored when our love is real.
Mark 12:29-31, NIV 2011 ' “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” '
Neighbor = anyone God puts in our path.
Luke 10:30-37, NIV 2011 'In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” '
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, NIV 2011 'If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
We will welcome neighbors when we,
Check our hearts.
Invite conversations that will challenge us.
Make room for them in our lives.