Won't you be my neighbor-Part III

Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Title: Part 3 - Invisible Neighbors

Date: August 5/6, 2017

Speaker: Peter Barber


Big Idea:

Jesus brought good news for the poor, the powerless, and the disenfranchised - the people who often feel invisible to the world around them. How can we be good neighbors to our “invisible neighbors?”

Passage: Luke 4:16-21

Discuss It:

  1. Imagine that you could suddenly have a power. It could be a superhero-like power, or simply the power to influence an outcome that you care about. What would it be?
  2. Read Luke 4:16-21. How is Jesus defining his mission? Why do you think he stresses that the poor, the captive, the blind and the oppressed will be the focus of his ministry?
  3. Many Christians seem to think that the primary purpose of the church has to do with “saving souls,” and that attending to social needs is a separate or secondary issue. How do you view the relationship between “spiritual” and “social” matters in light of Luke 4:16-21?
  4. In his message, Peter mentioned three categories of “captives” that live as our neighbors in the Denver area: refugees, the suburban poor, and victims of human trafficking. Were you aware of these groups? What experiences have you had interacting with them?
  5. Read Genesis 1:26-29. Scripture reveals that humans are created “in the image of God” - which, among other things, means that we are invested with power to care for creation just as God would. Think about your own power - your sphere of influence at home, work, community, etc. What falls within your power to promote flourishing among the people and environments you interact with? Where do you have the potential to do harm, and how can you prevent it?
  6. Read Matthew 25:34-40. How would your behavior change if you treated each person in your life as if he or she were Jesus?
  7. Is there a particular issue or need in the world that compels you to take action? How are you involved? Or, how would you like to become more involved?

Recommended reading from the message:

●      Playing God, by Andy Crouch

●      The Power of Proximity, by Michelle Warren

Apply It:

●      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?