The Art of Neighboring

A city-wide series on loving your neighbor as yourself.

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.

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"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.