Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Jesus’ Party

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

May 08, 2016

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We live in a big, broken world - but God's got a plan for that. It involves a table, a banquet - a party and our job is to simply pass out the invitations. Imagine the possibilities of God using you - right where you are - to bring hope and healing to the people on your street.


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“Jesus’ Party”

“Follow me,” Jesus said to him,
and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.
~Luke 5:27-29

OPEN TABLE
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house...

 

OPEN TABLE
...and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

 

 

 

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We live in a big, broken world – but God’s got a plan for that. It involves a table, a banquet - a party - and our job is to simply pass out the invitations. Imagine the possibilities of God using you – right where you are – to bring hope and healing to the people on your street. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.

MONDAY: Luke 5:27-32
What is happening in this story? How does it apply to your practices of neighboring?

TUESDAY: Exodus 4:1-5
What was in Moses’ hand? How was God going to use it to deliver God’s people? What simple “tool” do you have in your hand that God could use to help you love your neighbors?

WEDNESDAY: John 6: 1-13
What does God use to multiply this miracle? God used ordinary items to multiply miracles. Where in your life do you see God working through the ordinary? What could God multiply?

THURSDAY: Psalm 68:4-10
Write out the characteristics of God named in this Psalm. Do these characteristics line up with your understanding of God? What does this mean for the people who live closest to you?

FRIDAY: Judges 6:11-15
God chose Gideon to lead God’s army against the Midianites, but Gideon had excuses. What were Gideon’s excuses? What is God asking you to do? What are your excuses? Remember: no superheroes required.

SATURDAY: Luke 10:25-29
Review this important question, “Who is my neighbor?” Are you learning your geographic neighbor’s names? What holds you back from neighboring well?

SUNDAY: Galatians 6:7-10
Because neighboring is not as easy as it sounds, we are going to be tempted to give up. What does the writer say about giving up on “doing good”? Do you ever get tired of “doing good”? What helps you from being spiritually burned out?

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Luke 5:27-32

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