Summer of Neighboring
Earlier this Spring we spent three weeks talking about Gospel Neighboring and exploring the question “When Jesus said to love your neighbors as yourself…what if he meant your actual neighbors?” As a part of that series, we talked a lot about the power of evangelistic prayer and the need for Christ centered hospitality in a world of superficial social media relationships. Our staff team has created an intentional plan to put legs under those ideas in practical ways. Due to the lighter programming scheduled for the summer months, we wanted to use this season to engage in a Summer of Neighboring that provides opportunities to engage both our neighbors and the nations with the gospel. Take a look at all the opportunities offered and decide now what it will look like for you and your family to engage in gospel neighboring during our Summer of Neighboring. We can’t wait to hear stories of how God brings a harvest to the gospel seeds that we will plant together.
WAYS TO SERVE:
+ Host a cookout
+ Mow the lawn of a neighbor
+ Pick up newspapers, mail, etc. for neighbors on vacation
+ As you learn about your neighbor's interests, think about sharing books, magazines, etc. that would interest them
+ Check on a homebound or elderly neighbor. They might enjoy a personal visit. Take them with you to the store or post office. Buy them lunch or take them out for ice cream.
+ When you bake, make a few extra cupcakes, cookies or pies to share with a neighbor.
+ What's the best advice you ever received?
+ How would you change the way you were raised?
+ Why do you think there are so many different religions?
+ How did you meet your husband/wife?
+ What are the greatest lessons you feel you've learned so far on your journey?
+ Have you ever had an experience in which you've felt the presence of God?
+ In what ways have you seen good and evil played out in your life?
PRAYER WALKS: choose a neighborhood and begin walking through and praying for the community on a regular basis ["How can I pray for you?" door hangers are available in the LHC.life Center].