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Neighboring 101

Neighboring 101

Loving the Poor

Text: Isaiah 58:6-12 — “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?  Then…

Loving Neighbors Who are Different from You

Text: John 4:4-28 Introduction: This morning, we continue in our preaching series Neighboring 101. Two weeks ago we talked about loving our neighbors as friends. We looked at what the Bible has to say about friendship and determined together that a true friend serves his neighbor, loves his neighbor, encourages his neighbor and never quits on his neighbor. Then last week…

What Comes Before Loving Your Neighbors

Text: Psalm 139:1-24 Introduction: We’ve been talking for the last couple of months about loving our neighbors. Thank you to those who have shared with me stories about the steps of faith you’re taking to serve others in love out of obedience to God. May I encourage you to keep up the good work. God continues to use you to build bridges to de-churched (those…

Loving Your Neighbors as Friends

Text: Proverbs 17:17; 27:6 Introduction: Well, believe it or not, this is the 7th message in our preaching series … Neighboring 101. If you’re interested in any of the others you can review them by going to our website and opening up the sermon menu and clicking on the one that most piques your interest. Now today I want to talk with you about loving your…

Loving Your Neighbor in Holiness

Text: 1 John 2:15-17 Introduction: In psychology, the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome” is used to describe a mental phenomenon wherein hostages express irrational admiration and generally positive feelings towards their captors in spite of the dangers or risks endured by the victims. According to the FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System, twenty-seven percent (more than…

Loving Your Neighbor with Truth

Text: Acts 2:29-41 Introduction: In the mid 1960s the British show Danger Man made its American debut. It was about a secret agent named John Drake who worked for an Intelligence Agency known only as M9. Honestly I don’t remember much about the show since I was only 7 or 8 at the time. One thing I do recall, however, was the theme song, appropriately entitled “Secret…

Loving Our Neighbor Through Forgiveness

Text: Genesis 45:1-15  Forgiving required Joseph to forbear Forgiving required Joseph to have faith Forgiving required Joseph to forget Forgiving set Joseph free Introduction: Over the past three decades I have had the privilege of serving in full-time Christian ministry. Through the years I have collected a few thought-provoking statements, each of which has challenged…

Loving by the Spirit

Text: Acts 3:1-10 Introduction As followers of Christ, we love because we should. As followers of Christ we love because we can. As followers of Christ we love whenever we can. As followers of Christ we love however we can. Three results from loving our neighbors: Loving your neighbors brings blessing to them (See Acts 3:8). Loving your neighbors brings praise to God (See…

Love Thy Neighbor

When it comes to your neighbors, LOVE FEELS SOMETHING Luke 10:30-33 — “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he 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 on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the…