The Art Of Neighboring
Throughout Scripture we have this clear admonition: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’’ (Galatians 5:14). Do you think you’ve mastered this command or do you feel there is a lot of room to grow in living it out?
On February 5 we will begin a set of Sunday morning classes for 12 weeks at 9:00 AM seeking to apply God’s word with joy. The gospel shapes how we live with each other, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).
Who should attend these classes? It’s open to anyone but it’s ideal for those who feel stuck in getting to know their neighbors. It’s ideal for those who want to get very practical in loving and connecting with those at work, school, or who live near us. It’s ideal for those who want to grow in knowing how to share meaningful truths in everyday conversations.
How is the material structured? The class has two major sections: gospel doctrine and gospel virtue. Gospel doctrine will cover topics like God, humanity, grace, and why love fulfills the law. Gospel virtue will cover specific habits like prayer, asking questions, listening, serving, promoting the gospel, proclaiming the gospel, and practicing hospitality.
What is required for this class? Bring your Bible. Come eager to learn and grow in our love for people. The class will give us a theology of neighboring that is rooted in the gospel and it will have many practical applications that are rooted in the gospel as well.
How will these classes equip me to grow in love? Only the Spirit of God and His word can grow us but we want to create a community of dependence. We want to humbly ask the Lord to help us grow in love and our ability to connect with those around us. Here are several things we are praying you will take away:
1 - Learn how to share the gospel with people beginning with their questions.
2 - Learn how to promote the gospel through prayer, walking alongside our neighbors, and serving with love.
3 - Learn how to invite our neighbors into fellowship and practice hospitality.
We look forward to growing together.