Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Heart Of the Matter

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

May 22, 2016

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Jesus wasn't much into religion, but he was huge into relationship. And while his friends - like us - dealt mostly in fear, Jesus always deals in forgiveness - a new way of doing relationships. Getting to the heart of what matters most in all our "neighborhood" connections.

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WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Week 5: The Heart Of the Matter
 

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The Heart Of the Matter

Kingdom of God is like......
     Matthew 18:23
 
 
We Deal In Fear
     Matthew 18:28-30
 
 
God Deals In Forgiveness
     Matthew 18:32-35
 
 
Live in Freedom
 
 

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Jesus wasn’t much into religion, but he was huge into relationship. And while his friends – like us - dealt mostly in fear, Jesus always deals in forgiveness – a new way of doing relationships. Getting to the heart of what matters most in all our “neighborhood" connections. 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: Matthew 18:15-20
Do you experience conflict in your relationships? How do you handle conflict? What does Jesus say about conflict? Does Jesus challenge the way you handle conflict?

TUESDAY: Genesis 27:1-45
The Bible is full of family conflict. Who created conflict in this story and why? Have you ever experienced family conflict? How did the conflict affect your relationships?

WEDNESDAY: Matthew 18:21-35
We deal in fear; God deals in forgiveness. What does this story teach us about forgiveness? Whom is it that you need to forgive? From whom do you need to ask for forgiveness?

THURSDAY: Matthew 14:22-36
What keeps Peter from doing what Peter wants to do? What fear(s) keep you from walking out of the boat and stepping into deeper waters of relationship? With God? With others? With your neighbors?

FRIDAY: Luke 17:1-19
Jesus gave strong warning to those who cause others to stumble. Have you ever caused the people around you to stumble? What behaviors do you need to confess to God and ask God for forgiveness? What steps will you take to live differently?

SATURDAY: Psalm 103
What does God do for those who ask? How do you respond to God’s forgiveness? Write down a prayer asking God to help you receive and understand God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.

SUNDAY: James 4:1-12
James was writing to a people who were ready to fight. What advice does James give us to keep us from fighting and quarreling with one another?

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Matthew 18:21-35

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