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Next Door – Week 4
May 20, 2021
On a scale of 1-5 how friendly is your neighborhood? Why do you answer as you do?
What excuses do you make or have you made for not reaching out or caring for your neighbors? How have you tried to justify yourself?
How do you feel towards your neighbors? Indifferent, compassionate, angry, fond? What words would you use?
What would be a sign to you that your neighborhood was moving in the right direction as a community? What could be some wins as a neighborhood in the future?
As we wrap up this series, what is the one action step you need to take in order to be a source of blessing in your neighborhood?
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life.”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
And he answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.”
And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this and you will live.”
But in desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
And Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”
Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii, and gave them to the innkeeper, saying ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
“Which of these three, you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”
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