The Art of Neighboring

This weekend, our church talked about living out life In Christ in our Neighborhood’s and with those in close proximity. Get the message audio and follow up guide HERE.

artofneighboringA couple of years ago I read one of the most challenging and informative books on this subject called The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door. Here’s a few great quotes from the book that should get you thinking about how to live out your faith in your neighborhood:

  • “The majority of the issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.” – local small town mayor 
  • We are often moving too fast to notice that those who are right around us need a good neighbor.
  • To love someone, it helps to actually know their name.
  • It’s vital to take a step back and ask ourselves if we live at a pace that allows us to be available to those who live around us.
  • In this life, we can only do a few things really well; I think it’s a good idea to make certain that one of those things is what Jesus says is most important.
  • Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don’t have.
  • If you don’t set your priorities, others will do it for you.
  • God is already working in your neighborhood. Being a good neighbor simply means slowing down and being aware of what he is designing.
  • Jesus didn’t tell us to become acquaintances with our neighbors; he called us to love them, and that means we need to have an actual relationship with them.
  • We don’t love our neighbors to convert them; we love our neighbors because we’re converted.
  • If we live out the Great Commandment, an environment is created where the Great Commission can be effectively obeyed.
  • Good neighboring – you walk alongside those in need and help them find their way.
  • Behind every door is a story.

Questions:

  • What would happen if every Christ-follower made it a point to know and befriend their literal neighbors?
  • Do I live at a pace that allows me to be available to those around me? And if not, are all of those things I’m doing more important than taking the Great Commandment literally?
  • What are the activities you most enjoy doing, and how might they become tools for building relationships with your neighbors?
  • Which of your neighbors do you feel God calling you to spend more time with?

Find some great resources that go with the book at ArtofNeighboring.com.

Posted on January 16, 2017, in Books worth reading, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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