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A Journey toward Neighboring

Scripture reference:  And He said to him, “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 the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40) ESV

Goals of study:

  • Identify your neighbor
  • Know your neighbor
  • Pray for your neighbor
  • Show a tangible act of love to your neighbor

 God desires to unleash your untapped potential to reach the world for Christ by becoming a community of great neighbors.  This simple yet powerful act of obedience can literally change the world.  As you pray and seek the Lord, write down what is your commitment for this study?  We pray that you will join us on every step of this amazing journey.

 Step One:

Identify your neighbor.  Neighboring starts in our hearts.  Intentionally look around your neighborhood and write down any information you know about your neighbors (e.g. a family a couple of doors down with several teenage kids.  The gentleman that always comes home to walk the dog. Etc.).

Step Two:

Get to know and love the people God has placed around you.  Using the below chart, fill in the names of the people who live closest to you.  The middle box is your home and the other boxes are the eight homes nearest to you (whether you live on a greenbelt, a cul-de-sac, a rural lot with five-acre parcels, or in a corner apartment, picture the eight who live closest to you). 

  1. In the middle of the chart, simply write your home address.
  2. In the other boxes, fill in three sub-points within each box.
    1. Write the names of the people who live in the house (first & last names or first names is fine)
    2. Write down some relevant information about each person (some data or facts about him/her that you can’t see just by looking at the external environment – things you might know if you have spoken to the person such as where they grew up, their profession, their hobbies, etc.)
    3. Write down some in-depth information you would know after connecting with your neighbor (this includes their career plans, what motivates them to do what they do, what are their spiritual beliefs and practices, and anything meaningful that you’ve learned through interacting with them. 

Click here to download chart