"Neighbors" used to mean people from whom you borrowed an egg or sugar when you needed it, your best friends next door or down the block, those who protected your house or apartment while you were gone, and who were your safety net when trouble hit. As our porches moved from the front of our homes to the back and Netflix replaced lemonade in the yard, we slowly disconnected from our communities. What if we changed historical entertainment back into a present reality? What if we began to engage with those who live around us and rediscovered neighborhood? What could it mean for our lives and for the cause of the gospel?
SEPTEMBER 25--t’s easy for our “Jesus” world to get isolated from our “normal” world. Wouldn’t it be awesome to find a way to live one life instead of two? Almost everybody loves a party, so let's learn to party on purpose!
- Have you responded to Jesus’ call to follow Him?
- How do your neighbors see the changes that Jesus has made to your life?
- Describe some ways that you are connecting your friends who are following Jesus with the rest of your friends.
- What are some ways you can imagine for throwing a “Matthew Party”?
2. Time to Care?
SEPTEMBER 18--Life is crazy! Between busy careers, shuttling kids to sports and school programs, keeping up the grades, maintaining the house, surviving the three intramural teams you play on, and finding at least a little sleep, it is hard to find time to even breathe. Busyness is increasingly becoming a way of life. So who has time for neighbors? But maybe that is the wrong way of looking at life, and the wrong question to be asking. How should we be looking at life, and what question should we be asking?
- Love God; love your neighbor as your self: are these commands the priority of your life?
- Do your priorities need a tweak or a deep reset?
- Describe some ways your life demonstrates that you are a neighbor!
- How could you begin to model availability to your neighbors?
1. wHO IS mY nEIGHBOR?
SEPTEMBER 11--Between social media, popular television, internet news outlets, busy schedules, and information overload, we can find ourselves overloaded with busyness and needs awareness. To protect ourselves from exhaustion, guilt, and information fatigue, many of us have lost sight of our neighbors. In our modern world of information, who is my neighbor? And more importantly, when I look in the mirror do I see somebody that is a neighbor?
- “Love God; love your neighbor as yourself.” How are you doing?
- What would it take for you to become aware of the needs around your home?
- How might life change if your neighborhood really began to know each other?
- Are you a neighbor to your neighborhood?