July 9 - What It Means to Be a Neighbour
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A NEIGHBOUR
“Community Care: The Call to Love our Neighbour” is our new sermon series this summer, based on Luke’s Gospel (which focused on loving the Lost, the Least, & the Last [i.e., Gentiles; Samaritans; women; children; tax collectors; sinners; outcasts]). In Luke, Jesus was on a specific journey, from Galilee (1:1-9:50), to Samaria (9:51-19:27), to Jerusalem (19:28-24:53), in order to “seek & to save what was lost” (19:10), offering them forgiveness & joy.
In His journey through Samaria (9:51-19:27), Jesus showed His love for marginalized people. And this is teaching us how to love our neighbours regardless of their religious and cultural background, socio-economic status and political inclination. But how can we effectively connect with the people around us?
I. REALIZE WE ARE MISSIONARIES WHO ARE _______TO OUR NEIGHBOURS (10:1-4)
Jesus “sent” 72 disciples to “go,” though going is risky (“like lambs among wolves” [10:3b] – with hostility & danger). Yet, they had to go urgently (i.e., traveling without luggage & elaborate ceremony; 10:4), for the “harvest” is plentiful.
II. RECOGNIZE OUR MISSION TO ________& BLESS THEM (10:5-6)
Jesus instructed the 72 disciples to initiate connecting with people (10:5a) & to bless them (“Peace to this house”; 10:5b). To “enter a house” of a “man of peace” is a gesture of welcome & a beginning of a relationship of influence.
III. REMEMBER OUR MINISTRY TO BEFRIEND & ________ THEM (10:7-9a)
Jesus told the 72 disciples to develop ongoing friendship with people: “stay at that house, eating & drinking” (10:7a) & “eat what is set” (10:8a). They were to also serve them: “Heal the sick who are there” (10:9a).
IV. RECEIVE OUR MANDATE TO _______THE GOSPEL WITH THEM (10:9b-12)
Jesus commanded the 72 disciples to declare the message of the kingdom (i.e., “The kingdom of God is near you”; 10:9, 11) to the people, whether they welcome the message or not.