Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

HOW TO LOVE: How to Love your Neighbors?

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: I cannot love God, and not love my neighbors.”

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

Describe your neighborhood from your childhood (the location, the name, the people, unique or favorite feature, your favorite houses to trick-or-treat at, the weird and scary neighbors, etc.)?

 

In addition, recall a favorite memory from your childhood that you shared with a neighbor?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please Read Luke 10:25 – 37 (NKJV) – The Parable of the Good Samaritan

 

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

In the above scripture, which person do you most closely identify with and why?

 

“Perfect people don’t understand God’s love,” why do you think that is?

 

THREE QUESTIONS

1.) Q: Who is my NEIGHBOR?

A: According to Jesus, any person we encounter with a need is ‘our neighbor.’ All people have needs, therefore, per our definition, all people are ‘our neighbors.’

 

Who, in your life, is the hardest to call a ‘neighbor’ (whether a specific person or even a group of people)? Why do you think that it is such a challenge? How can you best overcome this challenge?

 

2.) Q: Why are they (Our Neighbors) IMPORTANT?

A: It helps us Steward Humanity.

 

Often our frustrations with others, reveals our own shortcomings. What are some of your biggest per peeves? What do you think they reveal about your own shortcomings?

 

3.) Q: How do I LOVE?

A: Spend Time with God – We receive God’s love, in order to extend God’s Love to others.

 

Pastor Mike stated, “Love your neighbor as yourself” is both a commandment (what we as people of faith should do) and an observation (of how we will love others based on our own understanding of God’s love for our self).  Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

 

ACTION ITEMS:

If your “grace-tank” is empty, it simply means you haven’t spent time with God. There is a difference between “not enough” time with God (which we will always struggle with) and “no-time” with God. How do you assure that you spend time with God? If you struggle spending time with God, what is one thing you can do this week to begin spending time with God?

 

Jesus loves you through your dysfunction, so you can love others through their dysfunction. The Samaritan (in the scripture passage) stewarded the process of healing, not just the most acute need, but also the entire process. What are some practical ways this week that you can begin the healing process by showing people (co-workers, friends, family, neighbors) love, even in the midst of their dysfunction?