Saturday July 5 Assignment – connecting with neighbors
Come and worship
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5
“Contextualization is adapting my communication of the gospel without changing the gospel’s essential character” – Tim Keller
The first step to being able to really, honestly witness to someone is building a relationship. Many people do not do well with being told they should believe something if they have never been exposed to what a relationship with Jesus looks like. There are definitely ways to over contextualize, that is embracing something that others believe or participate in that would is contrary to the gospel. In Matthew 22: 37-39, Jesus stressed the importance is loving God by calling it the first and greatest commandment. Secondly, Jesus says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Matthew 22:37-29, Leviticus 19:18, Psalm 86:1-13, Psalm 106:1-5
Having practical ideas to engage with the people around us is helpful. There are plenty of activities that are normal, everyday things that people are already doing. The hope is that we would do these things with a Jesus focused, Gospel intentionality so we should
do them:- Prayerfully watching and listening to discern where God is working – Boldly, with humility, proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed - In the normal rhythms of life
Today, try engaging with a neighbor that you have never met before or know very little about and get to know them. Bring a dessert over or invite them over into your home. One way I have done this is by bringing a portable fire pit into the front yard and inviting the neighborhood kids over for s’mores, which in tends to bring their parents over as well. Building a relationship with someone will open the door for you to be able to tell them how Jesus has changed your life.
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