The message of the Good News of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is about being clear, not about trying to persuade. The persuading is done freely by the Holy Spirit.
When you drive away from church Sunday morning- Jesus has left the building…
When you make yourself available to the Holy Spirit, he will supernaturally connect you to others in a natural way…All ages…All hands on deck…
Jesus invites us to go with him and bring his compassion to a world of need…
My neighbor, those who are nearest me, can come from a variety of places. Likely this will be arenas of common focus.
Common Family- immediate household and extended family
Common Community- the neighborhood I live in
Common Interests- work, school, gym- anywhere that connects me to the same people on a regular basis
God shows up in a variety of ways in these venues…
Jesus has a plan for his people to move out of building-focused faith. As a Christian, when you move out in the world around you, you are dealing with people that might not share your values, but get to see your values in action.
When you bring God’s presence working through you in neighborhoods, school, work, and other locations as a natural part of the rhythm of life, there is a much greater chance of sharing the compassion of Jesus with everyone and sharing the Gospel with those who are receptive.
In the Bible, salt is a metaphor for friendship and faithfulness. When Jesus calls us “the salt of the world” he invites us to share the compassion and joy of God within us with our neighbors.
Everyone needs a little salt in their lives!
Including how to pray in one easy lesson…
Christians filled with the power of the Holy Spirit loving their neighbors as themselves…This is the hope of the world
Pastor Lynn Cory, author and founder of Neighborhood Initiative, is our guest preacher as we launch a six week series based on his work. We are learning how to practically connect with our neighbors, and through prayer and acts of compassion, be a blessing right where we live.
We encourage you to do this series in small groups, ask a couple of friends to join you, or do it in your own home.
Pastor Lynn’s book is available at worship or you can download the Kindle version here.
Guest preacher, LIFEhouse’s own Rebecca Leinhard, CEO of Tierra del Sol (tierradelsol.org), gives a compelling view of what it means to be created in the image of God. Using Genesis 1 and 2, Psalm 139, and her own experiences, we gain solid insights about how we all need support in our lives in a variety of ways, and how we are stronger together as we provide that support, like gardeners of a well tended garden.
“We are only as good as the supports we need to function across multiple environments…”