3 Important Parts of Loving Your Neighbor

WYBMN_mainHere are the sermon notes for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” | Week Three

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Jesus said in Matthew 22 that the whole Bible is boiled down to two things:

Matthew 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor (the loner, the talker, the grouch, the giver) as yourself.  (ESV)

The term “neighbor” that Jesus used here was not ambiguous.  It simply meant: those in close proximity. Those who Jesus has put in your path.

Knowing where to start is often the hardest step. Going from the theory of loving your neighbor to actually loving. Here is a simple framework to view your relationships:

Stranger   >   Acquaintance  >   Relationship

That looks so simple and basic. It is. I highly encourage you to start framing your connections with this categories. Simply seeing them in that light will get the ball rolling.

Here are some people that you might encounter in your hood!

Today, I want to show you the 3 basics of loving our neighbor…

1.  Loving Your Neighbor starts with meeting your neighbor.

Couple weeks back, I asked everyone to name the 8 people that live the closest to you. If you haven’t done that exercise, then now is the time. You can start right now, you can sit at the kitchen table and do it with your roommates.

This is crucial. It starts making you analyze the status of you and your neighbors.

Are they Strangers? Are they Acquaintances? Do we have a significant relationship?

“Hey, I’m Robin. I know that you have told me your name, but I’m not great with names and have forgotten it.”

“Hey, I’m Robin. We wave to each other all the time, but I actually don’t know your name. “

Then, remember it until you can get home and write it down on your paper!

Eliminate Strangers on your street.  Loving Your Neighbor starts with meeting your neighbor. Baby Steps!

2.  Loving Your Neighbor means hanging out with your neighbor

We have so many excuses: We don’t have time. We don’t like them. They are involved in some unholy things.

Jesus gives us the ultimate example of this. He calls Levi to be his disciple in Luke 5 and then Levi throws a party with all of his unsaved friends!

Luke 5: 27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

 

We are called to help the sick get well. The problem is that we think we are only allowed to hang out with well people.

Jesus was confident in his role as Son of God. His identity was secure. The temptation to be like the tax collectors and the sinners would not be acted upon because Jesus was well grounded.

Levi was throwing the party. Levi is creating an environment where the people he knows well can interact with Jesus and his new friends.

Jesus is questioned by the religious leaders and has every opportunity to apologize for spending time with sinners. Yet, Jesus does the opposite. He defends his right to be there. He doesn’t back down.

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Are you Afraid to Love Your Neighbor?

WYBMN_mainWon’t You Be My Neighbor? | Week 2 Sermon Notes

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Mr. Rogers was the nicest guy of all time. Seriously, Has there been anyone any nicer? He got on television and loved on people of all races, abilities, and backgrounds.

Everyone was equal in his neighborhood.

He would always ask, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
What does it mean to be a neighbor?
Who is your neighbor?

Jesus said in Matthew 22 that the whole Bible is boiled down to two things:

Matthew 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (ESV)

After hearing this thought, a man in Luke 10 asked, “Who is my neighbor?”

The scripture says that he was trying to justify himself.

Luke 10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (ESV)

The term that Jesus used here was not an ambiguous or hype spiritual word. It simply meant: those in close proximity. Those who Jesus has put in your path.

Today, we will deal with the FEAR FACTOR of loving our neighbor…

Most people don’t like unexpected knocks at the door. Why? Unwanted solicitation. Unwanted sales calls. Unwanted evangelism knocks.  Therefore, when we go to meet our neighbors, there is a negative prejudice before we even knock on the door.

Being nice or giving something for free can seem like a scam.

It’s easy to be suspicious of people we do not know because of the news. They might have ebola.

If we are going to love our neighbors, we must have the courage to wrestle with our fear.

Ask God to lead as you engage your neighborhood!

This clip from The Burbs completely drives this point home. Check it out! (not sure what kind of commercial will show before the clip)

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Week1 Sermon Notes

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Mr. Rogers was the nicest guy of all time. Seriously, Has there been anyone any nicer? Everything that I have heard about his real life and mirrored his character on TV. Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, but we don’t know about his love for people because of sermons he preached from a pulpit. He said he was inspired to get into television because when he viewed children’s television all he saw was anger. He was displeased with the way television connected with kids.

So, he got on television and loved on people of all races, abilities, and backgrounds.  Everyone was equal in his neighborhood. He would always ask, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

What does it mean to be a neighbor? Who is your neighbor?

Mr Rogers always brought a bag with a special item in it.  I brought a mirror today. The mirror reflects who you are. We use it so that we can determine what our present condition is and we can make changes to improve. Scripture is often used in the same way. We look at ourselves in the mirror of scripture.

Jesus said in Matthew 22 that the whole Bible is boiled down to two things:

Matthew 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (ESV)

After hearing this thought, a man in Luke 10 asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  The scripture says that he was trying to justify himself.

Luke 10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (ESV)

He was trying to find a loophole.  Maybe we can be neighborly to only those we like or those we choose or those we agree with or those who like us first.

Jesus goes on to teach them who their neighbor is. He tells them the story of the “good Samaritan”. The whole point of the story is that your neighbor is the one that you don’t pick.

We often want to overgeneralize or even over spiritualize the term neighbor. Instead of it being those living nearest to us, we turn it into a term that is so general it is meaningless. When we insist that we are neighbors with everybody, often we end up being neighbors with nobody.

OR We end up “choosing” our neighbors that are not a hassle or ones that we can control or limit our amount of interaction. The people that live by us, yeah, they are our “neighbors” but they aren’t our neighbors. I mean God was talking about someone else.

The truth is that we don’t have to overanalyze the term neighbor. We don’t have to dig deep into the root Greek word to find secret meaning to the word neighbor.

But, I did and here is what the original Greek word: Pleysion means: “a person who lives close beside others”. The one near/close proximity. It simply means the people that live next to you. The people that God puts in your path.

Mr Rogers got it right in his song when the line said, “Since we’re together we might as well say”

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor Sermon Series

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We are starting a sermon series on Oct 8th, 2014 called: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Jesus used that phrase in one of the most powerful verses in the Bible.  In fact, he said that these verses were the foundation for the all of scripture.

Matthew 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

In Luke ch10, a lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”  He was hoping to find a loophole and not be forced to care for someone who was not like him or agreeing with him.

This sermon series will explore:

  • Week 1 (Oct 12)- Who is my Neighbor? Taking the Great commandment seriously
  • Week 2 (Oct 19) – The Fear Factor
  • Week 3 (Oct 26)- Moving down the line/Baby steps
  • Nov 2 – Guest Speaker – Jeremy Foster!
  • Week 4 (Nov 9)- The Art of Focusing and Forgiving

Let’s follow Jesus’ command in Matthew 22!

See you Sunday at 9am or 11am (CST) 1650 Lime Kiln Road, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Also LIVE streaming on www.psmchurchlive.com

Need Some Financial Peace?

margin_mainHere are the sermon notes for week 3 of our MARGIN sermon series: Financial Freedom

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We have been talking about Margin. The extra space of your life. The space between where you are and the maximum of where you could perform. For many in the room there is no margin. We are performing at our max. No extra time to relax or daydream. No extra space in your emotional life.  Today, we are going to talk about Financial Margin. In other words. MORE MONEY! Yeah!

Did you know that:

  • It is God’s desire that everyone in here has Financial Peace!
  • It is God’s desire that you do not worry about your financial future ever again.
  • It is God’s desire that you never fight with your spouse over money again.

 

Did you know that those things can happen without you ever getting another raise?  Did you know that Financial Peace, never worrying about money, and never fighting over money has nothing to do with what your income is or what you do for a living?

Instead, it has EVERYTHING to do with your idea of who God is and what his role is in your life.

Today, I want to show in the Bible that you don’t need any more money. You need to trust the provider.  He is going to give you peace. And you will start seeing more margin in your finances.

We serve a BIG GOD.  God is so Good, that we don’t need to look anywhere else for satisfaction.

The Old Testament called him: Jehovah Jireh, My provider. My provider.  I am not my provider. My boss is not my provider. Money is not the proof of my provision.  God is my provider!

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.  NOT for I have a good job and the economy is going to turn around…
God, my provider is with me!

When God created a need in the Garden of Eden, God was always the fulfillment of that need. Now that there is sin in the world, God hasn’t changed! God is still the answer for every need.

However, the key change is that man no longer fully trusts that God will unconditionally provide.  Our dependence has shifted to ourselves instead of God alone.

The way this hits home is by analyzing your “if only..” statements. If only this ____would happen, then everything would be ok. If only I would win the lottery, then I would be set. If only I graduate then everything will be cool. If only I my spouse would listen to me about our money, then it would work.

“If only” statements put the weight on us and drive us away from an all-powerful God.

The reality is that God is so good that he could give you all the emotional satisfaction that you ever desire. It can be completely unrelated to your purchases. Or acquisitions.

HOW DOES GOD LEAD US TO A LIFE OF FINANCIAL PEACE AND MARGIN?

On my first job, I made $3/hour. And I was so happy. I was pulling in $24/day, $120/week, $480/mo. At that rate, I could have made $5700 that year. That is a lot of money for a 12 year old in 1988. That was great for me. I always made more money than my buddies during the summer. I remember by a stereo after saving up that first summer. It had a CD player. I had one Phil Driscoll CD that I played over and over. It was all MARGIN money. I gave the first ten percent to my local church. I saved 10% and then could do whatever I wanted with the rest.

How could that happen? My parents were paying for the standard of living I enjoyed. My house, car, food, toys, etc. I had a good standard of living that I was not responsible for.

The big problem happens when kids in my generation and those after me grow up, they want to continue the same standard of living. The problem is that we don’t make the same amount of money that our parents did. The only way that we can live at the same level of car, house, clothes, vacations, accessories and toys is to use the credit cards that the credit card companies are offering for free.

Most kids start their adult life off with zero financial margin and zero financial peace because their lifestyle level does not fit their income.

 FINANCIAL MARGIN IS THE SPACE BETWEEN LIFESTYLE AND INCOME.

MYTH- The issue with financial struggle is that I don’t make enough money.
TRUTH – My financial struggle is tied to my lifestyle.

You start entering a catch 22. It is a downward spiral.  You are stressed about life and so you buy something to make you happy. But, you can’t afford it, so you get a loan or put it on a card. In order to pay for the loan, you have to work harder, longer hours, get a new job or a second job, both parents have to get a job or multiple jobs. Why? To pay for things that are now getting older and not as interesting.

Before you get a car paid off, the commercials on TV have convinced you that this new car will get better gas mileage, go faster, hold more people, you will be more accepted as a man, or a mom, you will save the planet by driving this new car and this special only lasts until the end of the month.

I’m not just picking on car dealerships here. It is in the food you buy, the clothes you buy, the computer that you use, the shoes you wear, the coffee you drink, the beer you drink.

Our identity is completely built by the things we drink, eat, wear, drive, play with. We are consuming not just things to keep us alive, but to MAKE US WHO WE ARE.

 

All of this drives us to NO FINANCIAL MARGIN.  God says, “come back from the edge.”

1 Timothy 6:8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

When there is no Margin, TWO things happen:

  1. Rob Our Self –  financial freedom, kids education, retirement, getting out of debt. We rob ourselves because we are indebted to the creditors.  If you are married, you rob your marriage of peace.
  2. Rob God – When there is no financial margin, we are unable to be a generous giver. We hear stories of needy people or great opportunity to drill wells or feed the poor or whatever. BUT we aren’t able to move and give because we are so strapped with our debt and bills that there is no margin.

 

The Jews were burnt up and depressed with no financial margin and the prophet speaks to them:

 

Malachi 3:7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ 8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me.

 

God required 20% back then – 10% to the temple and then 10% for the festivals and the poor. They quit doing this. They over time quit giving. They consumed on themselves what was originally intended for God. Therefore, when they took over God’s money, they let them live in the world of selfishness. A lack of blessing. They were falling apart. Malachi says it is because of the fact that they have robbed God.

 

Solution?

Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the lord of Heaven’s Armies.

 

Return back to the way of God’s financial plan. Test God in this. Try me. TRUST GOD. What if you were in a position where you put God to the test.

 

Jesus teaches them the exact same concept in the book of Matthew:

Mathew 6:20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

Invite God back into your finances in by putting him first. He is still the same God. He is still in charge of the financial status of the world. Economy and money and business and budgets ARE NOT a part of a separate world from God and faith and discipleship.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 Teach those who are rich in this world (Americans) not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

It is the same world. Trust God with your money. Trust God with your finances.

 

Principle (%) Giving breaks the power of money in an individuals life.  It breaks the power of ME ME ME. Put Him first.

This week, the principle is exactly the same. Put him first in your finances and see what he can do with the rest. He supernaturally begins to break down your desire for cares of THIS life.

All of the sudden the things of this world are not as important as they were. The name brand, and the rims, and that neighborhood, and that …

 

If this is a struggle for you, then there is a big opportunity for God in your life.

He is bigger than you ever imagined. He comes through when you put Him to the test.

 

We are offering two helpful resources this week:

 

 

Dave Ramsey Financial Help 

Tonight 6pm (free)

Student Center

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One on One Financial Counseling

512-392-4357

 

 

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