Sermon for September 30, 2018
We have started a new series called Who are the people in your neighborhood? Most people struggle to build relationships with their neighbors. Why? What would happen if every believer in our city made an attempt to build relationships with the people in the 8 households that are closest to them? The goal of this series is to inspire and equip believers to become neighborhood catalysts that move themselves and others from; Strangers to Acquaintances, and from Acquaintances to Relationship. We need to identify “neighborhood practices” that will help us to take practical steps towards becoming great neighbors.
Week 4: The Fear Factor -Sept 30. Luke 7:36-39 In many ways, neighboring is scarier than going downtown or even going on a global trip. Because your neighbors are always going to be there. One of the side effects of the 24 hours news phenomenon is that it can cause us to be suspicious and fearful of those we don’t know. When we turn on the TV and see and hear about all of the brokenness in our world, it shapes our world view and our view of others. “Good Fences make Good Neighbors” – We have a tendency to desire safe and clean environments. When this is lived out, it leads us to isolation. Jesus has called us to engage the messiness of relationships. Real relationships are always messy, think about your family relationships. This issue of neighboring will confront many things in our lives…how we spend our money and our time, how we view our things, and it will cause us to confront many of our fears.
Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.