Be The Neighbor
October 19, 2014
Instead of just being called messengers, we’re also called to be neighbors. To be messengers means to take the gospel to everyone and urge them to believe it, but gospel neighboring is a mandate to meet the needs of all the people around you, whether they believe the message or not.
- Spend some time describing the neighborhood you grew up in. Did you know your neighbors? How would you interact with them? Describe a few memorable events.
- Read Micah 6v6-8. What does God require of us? Why do we tend to make things more complicated than this?
- What does it mean to walk humbly with our God?
- What does it mean to love kindness?
- What does it mean to do justice?
- Read Luke 10v25-37. On the basis of Jesus’ teaching, who is our neighbor?
- What is gospel neighboring?
- It’s natural to want to help people who are like you, who like you, and who you like. What would it mean for you, specifically, to help people who are not like you, who do not like you, and who you do not like?
- How does Jesus illustrate what the true motive should be for showing mercy to our neighbor? What is the scriptural motivation for mercy?
- What things prevent you from being merciful?
“What is wrong with the world is most fundamentally that people respond to evil with evil.” - John Howard Yoder
- Who is your neighbor? Make a list of some people or groups that are in need around you.
"We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- Discuss the above quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. What would this look like in your neighborhood? Workplace? In Des Moines?
“Shalom means total flourishing in absolutely every dimension: physically, relationally, socially, and spiritually.” - Timothy Keller
Shalom is the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight. - Neil Plantinga
- In what practical ways can you and your group resolve to have shalom felt everywhere...and begin to reweave the broken fabric of creation? What can we as a church bring into our city that is uniquely helpful?
“Justice is the index of real faith, the index of a real relationship with God—of the real spiritual condition of your heart.” - Timothy Keller
- Silently consider some of the people or groups you just discussed. How do you typically view these people or groups? What emotions come to mind? How does your view differ from God’s view?
- Confess fears, weaknesses, and indifference to all those Jesus would identify as your neighbors. Pray for the poor, and pray as well that you and your community would help the poor and marginalized, even when it is risky and costly to you.
NORTH MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Jessica Nelson #(515) 249-2134 or Nate Evans #(620) 583-2096 mail: <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Serving free meals to the kids of the community at Freedom for Youth!
October 30 - 5pm / 50 students
2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines.
WEST MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Cindy Pierce #(515) 975-2103 mail: <email@example.com>
October 19 - 12pm
118 SE 4th Street, Suite #120 Des Moines, Iowa
DOWNTOWN MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Erika Wheeler #(515) 577-9563 or Caleb Wheeler #(515) 681-1906 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>
Edmunds Elementary School Activity Night
October 28 - 5pm (K-1)
ALL CHURCH OUTREACH EVENTS
Contact: Jessica Stewart #(515) 770-2814 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Central Campus Conference Dinner
October 21st, 2014 @ 2:30 PM