The Good Neighbor: Be the Neighbor Everyone Wants to Live By
In the midst of these uncertain times with indoor church services still restricted and people staying more local, many are experiencing a feeling of isolation. Some are finding their future uncertain, including job concerns and financial insecurity. As we continue to face an onslaught of media news regarding COVID-19, racial and political tensions, as well as natural disasters, fear and insecurity are affecting many people across our state, country and around the globe. Even so, Shoreline Church isn’t on pause, we are on mission! We know the source of peace and comfort in the midst of any storm is through our faith in Jesus. So let’s be an example of love and kindness and where appropriate, bring the Gospel message of peace to our neighbors in new and creative ways!
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-39: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Wait, Jesus said the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor? Pause for just a moment and reflect on this: Do you really love your neighbor as yourself?
The reality is we all have neighbors–whether they live next door or are in our broader circle of influence. Outreach to our neighbors can be simple connections in many different ways, and could even develop into lifelong friendships. God has placed you in the location where you currently live for such a time as this. He has uniquely equipped each of us to serve one another according to His timing and purpose. We all have neighbors, and guess what, many of them are home! Our job as Christians, now more than ever, is to connect with our neighbors in creative ways to show them the love of Jesus.Join our church and challenge yourself to be the neighbor that everyone wants to live near: The Good Neighbor!
Good Neighbor Christmas Challenge
This Christmas is going to be different and perhaps the only one like it in your lifetime. You have one thing in common with all your neighbors, COVID! Everyone is affected in slightly different ways, but there is something different about the way we are all currently living life. The constant we have as believers is Jesus! Pastor Kevin has challenged us to make this the best Christmas ever and here are a few ways you can do that with your neighbors this Christmas Season:
Will you commit to pray for your neighbors? Whether it is the neighbor to the right and left of you or your block or apartment building, you can pray that God will show up in a special way.
What can you give to your neighborhood? It could be as simple as bringing a plate of cookies, a sealed baked good, or a Christmas card. Christmas cards still have an incredible value as you have a little opportunity to bring Christmas into someone’s home and even bring the hope of joy! Whether it’s reaching out to a neighbor, getting in touch with an old friend, or inviting someone to church either virtually or an invitation to join you in your home, there are plenty of ways to give this Christmas.
Get out there and check in with your neighbors. Ask them how they are doing and if there is anything you can do for them. Bring them something or offer to bring them something from the store.
Shoreline Church loves this community, neighbors, and neighborhoods and hope that you do as well. Christmas 2020 will be different and we encourage you to love those around you in fun and creative ways and in so doing love this community.
During this time, we are continuing to help you bring life to your neighborhood and grow greater connections with your neighbors. These simple steps will encourage believers from the timid to the outgoing. If you follow these 6 steps, you will find it easy to have a positive impact, and develop meaningful relationships in your neighborhood.
Join us and churches around the world as we strive together to be The Good Neighbor.
- Pray for great relationships with your neighbors.
- Pray that God will open your heart and mind for creative ways to connect with your neighbors.
- Begin creating a list of your neighbors names and contact information.
- Ring the doorbell and step back at least 6 feet,
- Introduce yourself and where you live.
- Ask how they are doing during the shelter in place and try to determine what needs they may have,
- Ask how their family is doing (if applicable),
- Ask if they need anything that you could help provide,
- If you’re uncomfortable with this, start small. Check in with someone you already know and expand from there,
- If someone is not home, try again tomorrow and if someone is still not home, you could leave a note similar to this: Hi Neighbor, My name is _____ and I live at 123 Pine Street. I just wanted to check in and see how you and your family are doing during shelter in place? Is there anything I can help you with? Also, would you text me your contact info? I am collecting all of our neighbors emails and phone numbers so we can be better connected in case of an emergency or just for a general need. Be sure to include your contact information so they can reach out to you.
- Ask what your neighbors’ preferred way of communication is and if it is ok to check in with them (Phone, Text or Email)
- Have a conversation with your neighbor.
- Pray for each neighbor everyday this week by name.
- Fill in the final details of your neighborhood list.
- Use your neighbors preferred way of communication to check in with them.
- Pray for each neighbor by name everyday this week.
- Do an “Act of Kindness” for your neighbors – be creative and have fun.
- Use a new way of communication to check in with your neighbors.
- Pray for each neighbor by name everyday this week.
- Continue learning the names of your neighbors and find out more about them to continue growing your relationship.
- Check in with neighbors using their preferred way of communication.
- During your conversation (if prompted by the Holy Spirit) try to dig a little deeper into their spiritual well being. See where the conversation leads you.
- Just like each of the prior steps, we are to pray for each neighbor everyday this week by name and especially if they have given you specific prayer requests.
- Check-in and get updated prayer requests (If applicable).
- Pray for each neighbor everyday this week by name and for any prayer requests.
- Pray that God will continue to unite your neighborhood in love.
- Pray that you will be The Good Neighbor to those who live by you.