Love Where You Are – Week 4

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.

Read Matthew 19:16-22

In this passage, a rich young man comes to Jesus for advice. The young man is looking for something he can “do” to make his life more complete and secure. He asks Jesus what he must do to have eternal life. Notice since the young man directly asks the question about eternal life, Jesus doesn’t wait to get to the point — keep the commandments.

  • When the young man wants more information, Jesus provides six commandments for him to consider. What do these six have in common? (Hint: It has to do with relationships.)

The young man thinks he has kept all those, but he still isn’t satisfied. So Jesus challenges him to sell everything he’s worked for and give the money to the poor. It quickly becomes apparent that the young man was more interested in his money and possessions than he was in actually investing in relationships with others. In this passage, Jesus shows us how to evaluate the decisions we make and how to determine where our true priorities lie. Jesus takes a mentoring, fatherly approach to helping him sort out what is important in life.

  • Where do you spend the majority of your time, energy, and money? Discovering that will help you discern your true priorities. What adjustments might you make to put God closer to the top?
  • Who do you know that might benefit from some gentle, loving, and helpful insight in their life?

Action

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 a chance to fill one out, you can do it here.

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