August 21, 2016
How to Neighbor: Coverview
No, that’s not a typo. We launched our new series, How to Neighbor, this week. The last three messages all start with ‘C’, so we thought the first one should, too. Hence, overview became coverview.
The series began by looking at the story of the Good Samaritan, paying special attention to the question: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ response, through the story, is this: Being a neighbor has less to do with proximity and more to do with how I view the people I encounter. In other words, Jesus tells the man to be a neighbor.
Being a neighbor is an activity, not a location or place. It also takes time, effort, and intentionality. It will not happen by accident. It is also practiced out of genuine concern for people, not a sense of obligation. Christians can be tempted to make their neighbors into projects – get them saved, attending church, and then be done with them. But this is not the kind of neighboring that Jesus had in mind.
Genuine neighboring can have wonderful results, First, I can find new friends. Second, new friends connect me to new friends, and my network of friendships grows larger. Third, new friends find faith. Christians share their faith with their friends, not because they view people as projects, but because we want the people we love to hear the good news of Jesus. Finally, new friends find Hope. Not only do our friends find resurrection hope in Christ, but they also find a home at Hope Church.