Love Like Jesus by Slowing Down This Summer

Jesus wants us to be present with him, because this is where the abundant life (John 10:10) is found. This means that we have to walk at his pace, not ours. And Jesus was (and is) a slow walker. We can’t love like Jesus when we’re in a hurry. In all that we do this summer, let’s do it with God. Let’s move at God’s speed. God promises greater joy and a heightened sense of purpose when we do this.

The Godspeed video will help prepare you for a slow summer. Watch it with your family or your small group and brainstorm ways you can walk with God together in your neighborhood this summer. (Click the image below; select the second video on the page.)

Important Dates

July 14 | Neighborhood Night Out grant deadline

August 1 | Neighborhood Night Out

Good Quotes

We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. . . . There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors. — HENRI J.M. NOUWEN

Seek the Good of Our City

Seeking the good of our city goes hand-in-hand with proclaiming the gospel.

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Love Like Jesus in Your Neighborhood

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. — JESUS, Matthew 22:36-39

You can do this. Jesus is with you. Check out the resources below to grow in loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).

Neighboring Toolkit (PDF)

This PDF is full of helpful tips for building relationships with your neighbors.

Neighborhood Block Map

How many squares can you fill with the names of your neighbors?

Buy the Art of Neighboring

The book that started the movement.

WATCH: Grilling for the Common Good

You will LOL and feel inspired to fire up the grill.

Create a Profile on Nextdoor

A private online community for your specific neighborhood.

READ: Opportunities or Interruptions?

When we reimagine hospitality, we create warm spaces that radiate with Jesus’s love.

Neighboring Matters

Obeying Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves impacts everything from the way we share the gospel to the health of national politics. Your presence matters.

READ: Neighboring Makes for Better Politics

“People experience their highest joy in helping their neighbors make it through the day.”

READ: Praying for Students on Campus

Love your neighbor as yourself, CSU moms edition.

The Art of Neighboring: Sermon Series

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. — JESUS, Matthew 22:36-39

Love God, love others. That's nice, right? Jesus didn't say anything about not eating bacon, and loving others seems like something we can get behind.

But what if Jesus meant your actual neighbors? You know, the guy with the dog that always barks and the family with the kids who ride their bikes through your yard. Them? Jesus wants me to love them like myself? He can't be serious, can he?

What if he is? This would change everything. This would change how we prioritize of our free time, how we share the gospel and how we understand the importance our community.

"The Fear Factor"

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: May 31, 2015

Grace changes us. Fear, on the other hand, is toxic and a horrible motivator. Are we making choices of where we invest our time in fear or in faith? If you're feeling overwhelmed with the thought of neighboring, believe God will give you grace for each day. Just take the first step.


"The Time Barrier"

Speaker: Mich Majeski   Date: May 24, 2015

Prioritizing our proximity isn't easy. It takes time. But why is it so difficult to make time to be present in our neighborhoods? The non-essential additions in life grow into thorns and choke out our fruitfulness. We must look to Jesus — who said "no" to power, glory and riches so he could say "yes" to us — for the motivation to say "no" to things that make us hurried and unavailable.


"Taking the Great Commandment Seriously"

Speaker: Dave Runyon  Date: May 17, 2015

Dave Runyon, pastor and co-author of 'The Art of Neighboring,' kicks off our series on the art of neighboring by encouraging us to love where we live. God has placed us in our specific neighborhoods for a reason, but we need to recover a theology of place.


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