During the “Love Where You Are” sermon series, we encourage you to take a look at the way Jesus loved those around him. Below you’ll find Bible passages for you to read as well as questions you can work through on your own, with family, or with friends.
The disciples were not initially interested in helping the blind man, but rather engaged in a theological debate about what caused his blindness. In their culture at that point in history, one’s sufferings were often thought to be the result of sin.
- What did Jesus mean when He said this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him?
- Sometimes when people suffer, they ask, “Why me?” If you had a friend ask “Why Me?”, what would you say? Take a moment to write out a response.
- What practical things can we do for our neighbor who is in need? (Mow their lawn while you are mowing yours. Perform a small household repair. Put up a new mail box, pull weeds, or plant a garden.)
- Have you ever been injured and needed someone to help take care of you for a period of time? What challenges did you have when you couldn’t do certain things for yourself? How did that make you feel? Did someone offer to help? What difference did that make for you?
- Do you have a neighbor who has physical needs?
Continue to pray for and get to know your neighbors better. Focus on learning their story. Pray and think about the “I want to love my neighborhood” card we handed out and what you will do in your neighborhood. If you didn’t get the chance to fill one out, you can do it here.