Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Title: Part 1 - Neighboring Like Jesus
Date: July 22/23, 2017
Speaker: Ben Patterson
For the next few weeks we’ll be talking about how we can be good neighbors; investing in the lives of those who live near us. This weekend Ben Patterson taught about how Jesus turned an awkward encounter into a teachable moment. The lesson: our gratitude for our own forgiveness ought to motivate us to love those around us.
Passage: Luke 7:36-50
1. Talk about the best neighbor you’ve ever had. Or (without naming names), share the most awkward encounter you’ve had with one of your neighbors.
2. In his message, Ben pointed out that the church isn’t a place we go, it’s who we are. How might that distinction influence the way we act as neighbors?
3. Read Luke 7:36-50. The woman’s actions in this story strikes modern readers as odd, but to the original audience her actions would have been shockingly offensive. What do we learn about Jesus from his gracious response?
4. What does Jesus see about the motives of the woman and of the Pharisee?
5. The surprising point of this story is that the person who seemingly had it all together was actually worse off than the one who didn’t. How should this passage inform the way we evaluate our own goodness or righteousness?
6. Ben challenged us to turn our gratitude toward God into action toward our neighbors. How well do you know your current neighbors (specifically, the eight homes closest to yours)? How might you get to know them better, and maybe help them with a practical need?
7. Take a moment as a group to look at the “Love Where We Live” campaign (lovewherewelive.org). Is there a serving opportunity you could do as a group? Close by praying for Southeast’s impact in the community this week.
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?