You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - JESUS, Matthew 22:36-39
Love God, love others. That's nice, right? Jesus didn't say anything about not eating bacon, and loving others seems like something we can get behind.
But what if Jesus meant your actual neighbors? You know, the guy with the dog that always barks and the family with the kids who ride their bikes through your yard. Them? Jesus wants me to love them like myself? He can't be serious, can he?
What if he is? This would change everything. This would change how we prioritize of our free time, how we share the gospel and how we understand the importance our community.
The profound truth is that Jesus moved into our neighborhood and loved us when we were unlovable (1 John 4:19, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). He has called us to do the same. He has called us to make the most of where he has put us (Acts 17:26-27).
This May, 22 churches across Fort Collins are coming together to meditate on Jesus' words in Matthew 22. The sermon series lasts May 17-31. Scroll on to find a participating church near you and for resources to help you love your neighbors as yourself.
Let's take Jesus seriously. Let's collectively refreshing our hearts in the gospel and in Jesus' commandment, trusting him to start a movement that will change our own lives, our neighborhoods and our city.
How awesome is it that 22 churches in Fort Collins are going to be studying the Art of Neighboring together? Answer: Pretty awesome. Here's a directory of all the participating churches that can help you grow in following Jesus' words in your neighborhood.
Let's be the church to our actual, literal neighbors. Browse the resources below. We hope that they'll help you start your own neighboring movement.
Nextdoor offers a private online community for your specific neighborhood! This is an incredible tool. Click to learn more and to find your Nextdoor community.Explore Nextdoor
This PDF is full of helpful tips for building relationships with your neighbors. It even has suggestions on how to pray for your neighborhood.Download the PDF
The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak will change the way you look at your neighbors and the way you live all of life. A must read.Buy the Book!
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The Fort Collins Church Network is an association of more than 20 churches in Fort Collins dedicated to glorifying God through the unity of Christ's body. By equipping pastors and saints, the FCCN creates a collaborative space for gospel-believing churches to work together for the common good of our city.