The After Party

Loving God and Loving Others is easier said than done. We all have preconceived ideas about our neighbors and fear of rejection can, at times, lead us to hope we don’t see them just to avoid having a conversation. It’s easier to love our Bible knowledge than it is our neighbor… In John 4, Jesus stirs things up and messes with culture showing us, by example, how to love people where they are versus where we would like them to be.

Scripture: John 4

Ultimate versus Ulterior Motives

It doesn’t seem like loving your neighbors is an idea that needs too much explanation. Jesus taught it, and he lived it… But many of us have had too many experiences with Christians with ulterior motives not to be a little suspicious! How do we bring together our desire to love others authentically, without any “hidden agendas,” with Christ’s call for us to be disciple-makers? Can we follow both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission?

Scripture: Matt. 22:36-40 & Acts 1:8

The Party Everyone Talks About

‘Partying’ isn’t anything new or complicated – it’s simply gathering people around food and drink. In fact, this was much of what Jesus’ ministry looked like…except he was always partying with the wrong people. Simply put, his mission strategy revolved around hanging out with the social outcasts on their own turf through food and drink. And, the truth of the matter is, we’re all social outcasts in some shape or form – there’s no VIP Guest List at Jesus’ parties. May we be known as a ‘partying people’ – people who gather around the simple ingredients of food, drink and unfamiliar people – because this is the fun way our God extends His Kingdom to ourselves and everyone else.

Scripture: Luke 5:27-32

Good Neighboring Takes Time

No matter how rich, how old, married or single, time is a limited commodity for us all. We need to make some things in life a priority. Jesus himself, stopped and took action when he felt it was necessary. Good neighboring takes time. We don’t have the option of not loving our neighbor. Martha and Mary are sisters who are wired differently, and we read what happens when we become distracted and how all us us get distracted every now and then.

Scripture: Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 90:12, Luke 10:38-42

What is Good Neighboring?

Jesus delegated to 70 (or 72 depends on what you read) others to go ‘to the cities’ to give peace, fellowship, heal and give the gospel. Jesus had a heart for the city! Are we hiding behind the reality we are not one of the 70? A good way to train our heart to be open to others, is to connect with them. As we love others, we will love the city.
Scripture: Luke 10:1-11, Jeremiah 29:7

Just One Step

This parable about “The Great Feast” is often misinterpreted. Too often people focus on the excuses and often try to make the excuses for not coming to church the point of the message. This passage reminds us that God makes room at the table for everyone on life, not just those who might think we are the privileged ones because we live in the USA or the color of our skin. This parable reminds ‘the church’ not to have a an attitude of entitlement, and to be intentional about reaching out to those who don’t make the guest list… In reality, each of us are not the first choice to be invited, we are the broken, the poor, the lame, the deaf, we all are in need of God’s acceptance and we are all invited to the table.

Scripture: Luke 14:15-24

The Great Commandment or Suggestion

The religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus. So they asked which is the the greatest commandment (referring to the 10 Commandments). The religious leaders had added over 600 additional laws that they thought we necessary to love God. Jesus feels their question is too narrow, so he answers them in five word that could change the world. Love God & Love Your Neighbors. This series will help us to bring both of these into balance…You can’t have one without the other.

Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40