The keys to life and transforming a city
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 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.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-29 NIV)
Our love for God is made practical in the love of our neighbors. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John4:20-21 NIV)
So, who is my neighbor? Three types of “neighbors”:
1. “Generalized neighbor”: Anyone, anywhere
2. “Convenient neighbor”: Those who are part of something I’m already doing.
3: “Literal neighbor”: Those living next door or near me.
Develop a Street View
Instructions to making a Street View:
A. Write the names of the people who live in the house represented by the box.
B. Write down some relevant information that you couldn’t tell just by looking at them and you have gained by speaking to them.
C. Write down some in-depth information you would know after connecting with people. This might include their career plans or dreams of starting a family or anything to do with the purpose of their lives. What would they say about God? What are their spiritual beliefs and practices?