“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39
WHAT IS IT TO
Your Neighbour Week
arch 16-23, 2014
Love Your Neighbour Sunday
In the Gospel of Matthew 22:39, Jesus told His audience, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." What an amazing command!
We've set aside 8 days in March, 2014 to devote special effort as Christians to living out these instructions. We are calling it our “Love My Neighbour Week!” We will be introducing the Love My Neighbour concept on Sunday, March 16th, challenging our church family to powerfully and visibly show the love of God to those around us.
Love Your Neighbour Week will run from
Sunday, March 16th through Sunday, March 23rd! For
eight days, every Christian associated with
The Bible tells us that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." But some won’t hear unless they SEE some compassion. As our acts of kindness demonstrate God's care and love through us, we will actually be encouraging people to hear more of God's Word.
Let's begin planning creative activities that our families can do together, or that we can do as individuals. And let's begin praying for those who will receive these acts of kindness, that the seeds of the Gospel will be planted in their hearts, and will bring forth much fruit.
During this special Week, you're not only going to be touching people's lives for eternity, you're going to have a great time doing it!
We will have a contest
to see who does the most Random Acts of Kindness during the eight days!
The top three will be well rewarded! To actually accomplish an effective
Act of Kindness, you will need to:
1) Actually DO something listed in this brochure
2) Tell the person WHY you are doing it for them
3) Give them the Tract, and
4) Invite them to Church on Sunday, March 23.
The final test of all our efforts will be measured by how many new people come out to Church on Sunday March 23 to find out more about WHY our church is different than all the rest! Let’s go make the difference!
An example Gospel presentation would be as follows...
Hi! I am your neighbour!
I wish I could say that it is in my nature to be kind, helpful, and considerate all the time. Truthfully, that is not the case! I am more likely to think of myself and maybe my own family first. But God gave us two commands in the Bible to remind us of what is most important. The first and greatest commandment is not found in the Ten Commandments, but in the Gospel of Mark 12:30 where Jesus says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Jesus then said, the second commandment is just like the first, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” According to Jesus, we should strive to love God foremost in our lives, and then love our neighbours as much as we love ourselves. But, in fact you probably are like me and would have to admit we don’t love God like we should, and we certainly don’t love each other as we should.
In Jesus’ parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ we find many people walked past a man who was assaulted by thieves and left to die. He was visibly bruised and bleeding. Not even the religious and self-righteous stopped to help him, but a hated and shunned man from Samaria did. “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” Though you may not be bruised, bleeding and in need of physical help right now, you probably are in need of some compassion. At least this has often been true in my life! And it was only because someone cared enough to tell me about Jesus, that I discovered someone cared for my soul. So today, I want you to know, that as your neighbour, I care about where YOU will spend eternity. The Scriptures tell us we are all in serious trouble without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Romans 3:10 and 6:23 says, “There is none righteous, no, not one”, and “the wages of sin is death…”
Only GOD by His grace can forgive us and save us from our sin! Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Your best efforts will never earn favour with God because they are never perfect. So God sent Jesus to die in your and my place on a cross so that we could receive the gift of eternal life! Romans 6:23 concludes, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I hope you realize that what you need most of all is God’s forgiveness in your life, like I did. It is such a comfort to know that God could love a world of selfish, sinful people like you and me! But God did more than just love us – He personally paid for all our sins (all of them) when He gave us His Son to die in our place! Think about it… the Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That death in our place was THE greatest act of love ever done. It is why I asked you to read this leaflet. And, it is why I am asking you right now to consider your soul’s condition before God. Are you still in your sins, or would you like to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved today? God promises in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All you need to do is ASK Him!
LOVE MY NEIGHBOUR IDEAS
Try any of the following ideas so you can give someone a tract and invite them to Church!
¨ Deliver a Thank You note to the Fire Brigade, or the Garda Station.
¨ Take colouring books and a box of new crayons to a Doctor’s office.
¨ Buy your co-worker a cup of tea or coffee, or a snack, or even lunch unexpectantly. Make sure you give them a tract.
¨ Take some good magazines to a Doctor’s office with a tract.
¨ Take a case of good bottled water to a regional park where there are joggers and hand them out with a tract cello-taped to the bottle.
¨ Leave an extra big tip for the waiter/waitress (along with a tract).
¨ Buy some new stuffed animals and take them to the children’s wing of the Hospital. Ring ahead of time to ask if they will accept them.
¨ Offer to do grass or hedge cutting for someone.
¨ Some people could do with a visit. Older folks that you personally know who are stuck at home. Go and talk with or just read to them.
¨ Do shopping for older or infirm/sick people you personally know – include a tract with the messages.
¨ Deliver a Free New Testament to every house around your home with a Tract (maybe just all on your street).
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¨ Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop. Hand them a voucher, along with a Tract and smile!
¨ Write a letter or send a package to an Irish soldier. Include a Tract
¨ Write and encourage a TD (they need it) – include a Tract. Tell them you are praying for them!
¨ Teens can offer to do a bob a job for someone and say it is FREE!
¨ Offer to hoover and clean someone’s vehicle. Tell them you are just doing a random act of loving your neighbour! Seriously. And give them a tract!
¨ Let someone go in front of you in line. If someone asks you why you are doing it, then give them a tract!
¨ Children can colour a picture for your teacher, and give it to them with a tract saying “Thank you for being my teacher!”
¨ Make a craft for your grandparents, and write on it “I love you”
¨ Children can offer to wash the ware for a week for your parents, or in place of whoever normally washes them
¨ Send a small care package (with tea, cookies, crisps, etc) to a relative that is in College away from home and.
¨ Cook a meal for someone in your neighbourhood that you discover is having a hard time.
¨ Bake something for someone, and just out of the blue give it to them, along with the Tract.
¨ Thank someone you know, for investing in your life (like your parents, pastor, your Sunday School Teachers, etc...).
¨ Leave or hand a Thank You Card with a Tract for the mailman, milkman, rubbish guys, the Garda, and fire brigade.
¨ Ask someone if you can help them, and then give them a Tract.
¨ Give blood. When finished, hand the attendant a Tract.
¨ Be a silent witness (you should be doing these things all the time, but especially during this special week as a testimony)
o Pick up litter as you walk past it - this is a way to be a great testimony.
o Pass up a close parking spot for the elderly.
o Be friendly to the employees at the shopping centre, bank and other stores.
o Pick up things in disarray at the shopping centre.
o Be very generous with compliments.
o Bring in your neighbours rubbish can.
If your offer of kindness is rejected, just go to another person!
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