Please scroll below for videos and scripture passages from our most recent message series, Next Door. Check back for information on our next parish wide message series.
Our next parish message series, Next Door, began the weekend of May 22,23. One could understand John 1:14 this way, “The word became flesh, and moved into the neighborhood.” Jesus moved into our world to show us God’s love and concern. In the same way, God has placed us in our neighborhoods for a purpose and a reason. God wants to use us right where we live to make an impact for His kingdom–to show His love, care, and concern for our neighbors. And yet we are so often disconnected from them. We do not know our neighbors’ names, much less their stories. In this series, we will look at some baby steps we can take to love the people God has placed around us.
- Describe the culture of the neighborhood where you live. If you’ve lived in different
neighborhoods, what have been the similarities and differences?
- In your opinion, what makes a neighborhood a great place to live?
- Do you have relationships with your neighbors? Why or why not?
- In Acts 10, Peter visits Cornelius, a Gentile man, even though he’d been trained to
avoid Gentiles. What makes Peter break this ancient Jewish custom?
- Discuss how you believe you may or may not have been trained to avoid those that
are different from you. What is one way that you can move past this training and
follow in Peter’s footsteps?
- What would it look like for you to “accept all people,” as God does, in your
- While talking with Cornelius, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of
people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to
associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone
impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I
ask why you sent for me?” Acts 10:27-29
- I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every
nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Acts 10:34
- After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before
the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their
hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on
the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
- How long have you lived in your house? Why did you buy the home you did? What
were the circumstances (job, family, etc.) in your life when you bought it?
- What are the obstacles to getting to know the names of your neighbors? What are
- Even though we know it is not good for us to be isolated, we are often tempted to
choose it. Why do you believe that is so?
- On a scale of 1-5, how connected are you to your neighbors? Why do you answer
as you do?
- Who is someone on your street that you suspect is alone and isolated? What
opportunities do you have to connect with the person?
- It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper fit for him. Genesis 2:18
- Fear not I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
- Do you experience communion as worship? Why or why not?
- Share about a time when you were a guest at a meal. How did you feel? Share
about a time when you hosted a meal. How did you feel?
- Jesus was purposeful about whom he ate with at meals. Is there someone in your
life with whom you can share a meal?
- What are some barriers to you hosting a meal? Share honestly and encourage each
- Read Mark 2:15-17 out loud. Who are the sick in verse 17?
- Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 out loud. How can you make sharing a meal “to the glory
- The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14
- Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to his
disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given
thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28
- And as he reclined at the table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the
Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collector, said to his
disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came no to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17
- The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look at him! A glutton and a
drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Luke 7:34
- “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians
- On a scale of 1-5 how friendly is your neighborhood? Why do you answer as you
- What excuses do you make or have you made for not reaching out or caring for
your neighbors? How have you tried to justify yourself?
- How do you feel towards your neighbors? Indifferent, compassionate, angry, fond?
What words would you use?
- What would be a sign to you that your neighborhood was moving in the right
direction as a community? What could be some wins as a neighborhood in the
- As we wrap up this series, what is the one action step you need to take in order to
be a source of blessing in your neighborhood?
- And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life.” Luke 10:25
- Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” Luke 10:26
- 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.” Luke 10:27
- And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this and you will live.” Luke 10:28
But in desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29
And Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.” Luke 10:30
Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by the
other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the
other side. Luke 10:31-32
- But a Samaritan, as he journeyed came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had
compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 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.’ Luke 10:33-35
- “Which of these three, you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among robbers?”
- He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”
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