Groundswell Church – Being a Good Neighbor

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Groundswell Church - Being a Good Neighbor
Ever had a bad neighbor but wanted a good neighbor? It’s a nightmare. Ever been a bad neighbor, when you should have been a good neighbor? Jesus teaches us what it means to love your neighbor by way of the Good Samaritan story which has captured generations for millennia.
Luke 10:25-37:  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life? “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite passed by on the other side when he came to the place and saw him. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his donkey, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have. “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Dr. Cyril Guerette speaks about Jesus’ teaching of who our neighbor is and how to be a ‘Good Samaritan’ AKA a good neighbor in the way we live our lives.  Loving your neighbor looks like uncommon self-sacrifice that is hard for millions to apply.  The first step is to understand who your neighbor is as Jesus describes in the above passage.
We will explore this in the next few weeks through:
1. How do you bless others
2. Eating with one-another
3. Living and learning Jesus’ habits
4. Being sent by Jesus and learning to live for others on the mission

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