Taking the Great Commandment Literally

Neighbor Series GFX_16x9 TitleAs we continued our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, at Eastbrook this past weekend, JC Heiden led us into an exploration of what it means to take the great commandment literally. Jesus once had a conversation:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

You can watch JC’s message below, which I would highly recommend. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. JC also shared some ideas about how we can practically step out to love our neighbor, which are originally from the Saturate web site, and I’ve included below the link to JC’s message.

10 Ways to Relationally Connect With Others
Spend relational time with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who doesn’t know Jesus and get to know some of his or her story. Here are several ideas that foster relational connection.

  1. Share a meal: Invite someone over for dinner, go out to lunch with a co-worker, or have a picnic with other parents and kids in the park.
  2. Play a sport together: Tennis, soccer, golf, hockey, basketball…
  3. Plan a play date with your kids’ friends and their parents: Meet up at the park, invite them over to your house, or go to the public pool. You could even plan an outing together at the local zoo or children’s museum.
  4. Exercise together: Invite someone to go on a jog or walk with you, go to the gym together, or join in an exercise class.
  5. Spend time outdoors: Hiking, fishing, climbing, bird-watching, skiing, or anything else where you get to take in fresh air. You could even go on a walk around your neighborhood.
  6. Play a game together: Board games, card games, trivia games, or video games.
  7. Have a group hang-out: Fire-pit night, wine night, poker night, or a book club.
  8. Ask for help! Ask people to help you with your yard, house, or car. If your friends have a skill, invite them to help you!
  9. Go out in your town or city: Go to a museum, art show, concert, or new restaurant.
  10. What would you add? You could make this list longer as you think about specific people in your life.


10 Questions to Help You Listen to Others
Missional work starts and ends with relationship. Conversations create the backbone of healthy relationships. However, we’ve found, many people struggle to have meaningful conversations and take the posture of a curious listener with the other person (and not ourselves) at the center. We’ve found these questions to be a helpful place to start, and encourage disciples to engage at least one conversation a week with questions like these.

  1. What was good about your week? Why? How did it make you feel?
  2. What are you thankful for from this past week?
  3. What has brought you the most excitement lately? Why?
  4. What was difficult about your week? Why? How did it make you feel?
  5. What are you learning these days?
  6. What has made you feel worried or frustrated this week? Why? How did you deal with it?
  7. What has made you feel sad this week? Why? How did you deal with it?
  8. What was growing up like for you?
  9. What advice would you give me? I’m struggling with ________________________ .
  10. What would you add? You could make this list longer as you think about specific people in your life.




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