Take some time over the next three days and ponder the text for this week. Let’s make Sunday Special together! ”Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy” Ex. 20:8
Luke 10:38 – 42 Overcoming Barriers
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Coming off of the Lord’s Day celebration on Sunday, consider the following questions as we think of being the kind of neighbors that the Lord would have us be – wherever we are!
The Call to Neighboring at Christ Church Chapters 1 & 2
- What factors did you consider before choosing your current residence?
- READ Acts 17: 26 – 27
How much of your block map were you able to fill in? Did you have any epiphanies as you did this exercise?
- Describe your neighborhood and the relationships that you have with your immediate neighbors. Do you have any “invisible” neighbors?
- According to Acts 17:26 – 27, why do we live where we live? Why has God placed us in our neighborhoods?
- READ Luke 10:29
What does the teacher of the Law try to do in asking Jesus the question? In what ways do we do this?
- What would happen if every Christ-follower made a point to know and befriend their neighbors this week and fill the squares on the block map?
- Create your own block map and place it somewhere in your home where you will see it often.
- Learn the name of one of your unknown neighbors this week and fill in their squares on your map.
Take some time over the next three days and ponder the text for this week.
Let’s make Sunday Special together! “Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy” Exodus 20:8
Luke 10:25 – 37
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him,“What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered,“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly;do this, and you will live.”
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Prepare to receive from the Lord that which He has for you as you gather with the Christ Church Community this Sunday – Sept. 8th (8 AM / 10:30 AM – Bay Middle School) by reading the text for the day. Sermon Title “Come and See”. Kickoff Sunday with Tailgate party following the 10:30 Service!
John 1:35-51 English Standard Version (ESV)
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[a] 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[b] was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter[c]).
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,“Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,[d] you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”