Aug 05, 2018 | Chris Shelton

Love Where You Live (Part 5): Neighboring (Pt. 2) How do I neighbor?

Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37

Who is my neighbor?
Anyone who is in need of compassion, mercy and pity - regardless of race, creed/religion, socio-economic class, nationality or some other status.

HOW do I neighbor?


  • ACTIVE, not passive
  • PRESENCE, not proximity
  • COMPASSION, over convenience
  • INDISCRIMINATE, not selective

Living questionable lives is living in such a way that our lives evoke questions and curiosity of our faith and the message of Jesus from our friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

1 Peter 3:13-16 

Titus 2:9-10 

Predictability is HIGH
when impact is LOW

“If all believers are leading the kinds of lives that evoke questions from their friends, then opportunities for sharing faith abound... In brief, our task is to surprise the world!”   - Michael Frost, Surprise the World

Creating a Missional Rhythm

Mission: Missio (Lt.): to send, be ejected or pushed out

Missional: the things we say (announce) and do (demonstrate) that alert others to the PRESENCE of God, the GOODNESS of God, and the REIGN of God.

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” (Carl Jung)

“We are what we repeatedly do...” (Aristotle)

How do I neighbor? from “Surprise the World” (Michael Frost)

B - BLESS (3) people each week
E - EAT with (3) people each week
L - LISTEN intently to the Spirit’s voice
L - LEARN Christ intimately
S - Journal about ways you have been SENT this week

1. BLESS three people this week, at least one of whom is not in your ‘circle’

  • Bless: Eulogein (Gk.) Benedicere (Lt.)
  • To praise, speak well of
  • Anything that builds people up, fills them with encouragement, increases their strength
  • Result: GENEROSITY

2. EAT with three people this week, at least one of whom is not in your ‘circle’

  • Mk. 10:45 “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve...”
  • Lk. 19:10 “...came to seek and to save the lost.”
  • Lk. 7:34 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking...”
  • “The table is the primary metaphor of the Christian gathering.”

 “We can literally eat our way into the kingdom of God! If every Christian household regularly invited a stranger or a poor person into their home for a meal once a week, we would literally change the world by eating!”
- Alan Hirsch & Lance Ford, Right Here, Right Now

3. LISTEN intently to the Spirit’s voice during at least one period of the week

  • “A quieted heart is our best preparation for all this work of God”
  • “Silence and solitude teach us to love our brothers and sisters for what they are, not for what they say.” (Thomas Merton)
  • Result: SPIRIT-LED

4. LEARN Christ specifically during at least one period of the week

  • “We can’t die for others like Jesus did, but we can offer ourselves sacrificially in service of others”
  • Result: CHRIST-LIKE

5. Journal about ways you have been SENT this week

  • Result: MISSIONAL

‘church’ (Gk.) Ekklēsia, ἐκκλησία
Gathering or Assembly

Ek - out of, from
Kaleo - to call


1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 

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