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Each week, the study guide will start with a kick-off question followed by a short devotional video! From there, you can dive into some discussion questions...including relevant, and very timely things to consider! Leaders, for more info and ideas on leading your group, visit our sermon series resource page.
We encourage you to check out Daily Steps, our companion devotional guide — a resource to help you spend one-on-one time with God throughout the week using daily readings related to the week's sermon!
THE ART OF NEIGHBORING
In this series, we're taking a serious look at what Jesus has called us to do in terms of loving our neighbors.
This week, Hayward Campus Pastor Steve "Sando" Sanderson explored the importance of “genuine neighboring” and challenged us to examine ulterior motives that may be preventing us from forming completely authentic relationships.
KICK OFF QUESTION
Can you share a time when someone made you feel valued and seen? What about a time when someone made you feel invisible and insignificant?
The final challenge last week was to share with the group one thing you are going to do to reach out to a neighbor this week. Talk about the action step you took and what happened.
In today’s discussion, we will consider how we can practically and intentionally love our neighbors.
To begin, watch this video with a short message from Sando.
In your experience, how do these directives from God work together?
What is the danger of living out the great commission at the expense of the great commandment? In other words, how would the gospel suffer if we love people with the single purpose of making them disciples?
The Message Translation of Matthew 5:16-18 reads: Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt — a seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?
Think about those people in your life who act as salt — people who bring out the God-flavors of this earth. What are they like? What kinds of God-flavors do they bring out?
What would you want people to say about the kinds of “God-flavors” that you bring out?
Consider Colossians 3:10 and Genesis 1:27. In your opinion, how does being an image-bearer of Christ who is called to bring out God-flavors of this earth impact the way you think about neighboring? Loving? Relationship building?
The Message Translation continues with: “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep an open home; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Pastor Becky said that “Our presence in our neighborhoods should be a humble, confidence in knowing that you have the Spirit of God living in you. God is the one who gets the credit, He’s the one who is doing the work, but that work is done through you.”
What about the Spirit of God do you want your neighbors to see through you?
What is the message about the nature of God that you want to bring to those around you?
What can you do this week to genuinely reach out to your neighbors? Consider:
What kinds of acts of kindness are the most natural for you?
What kinds of questions can you ask to hear your neighbors’ stories?
What kinds of needs can you meet for those around you?
What have you learned about your neighbors that is genuinely interesting to you? What do you want to know more about?
Take some time this week to think about God’s work in your life.
What is the story He is writing through you?
What are the places that He has most deeply impacted?
Begin to prepare what you want to share with others’ when the time comes.
TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP
Everyone has a next step with Jesus...What's yours?
Spend Time Alone with God
Daily Steps is a weekly devotional message designed as a companion to this sermon study guide. You will be guided as you spend time with God through personal reflection, Scripture readings, and prayer prompts.
DAILY STEPS - THE ART OF NEIGHBORING - WEEK 3
Watch CF Beyond Sunday this Monday!
After each sermon, our pastors and various church leaders sit down for about 20 minutes to have a lively discussion about the weekend's topic. It will be posted on our YouTube channel on Monday night, August 17!