Love God, Love People (A)
Recently I came across two very helpful articles. One is a list of 25 suggestions for how to engage your neighborhood missionally. The other offers a set of questions to ask as you read/study your Bible. One is helpful to be intentional in your approach to reaching your neighbors for Christ. The other is helpful to be intentional in your relationship and walk with God. In other words, they help us better obey the Great Commandments.
The first article (click here) is entitled “Practical Ways to Engage Your Neighborhood.” 25 of his 100 ways are:
1. Stay outside in the front yard longer while watering the yard
2. Walk your dog regularly around the same time in your neighborhood
3. Sit on the front porch and letting kids play in the front yard
4. Pass out baked goods (fresh bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)
5. Invite neighbors over for dinner
6. Attend and participate in HOA functions
7. Attend the parties invited to by neighbors
8. Do a food drive or coat drive in winter and get neighbors involved
9. Have a game night (yard games outside, or board games inside)
10. Art swap night – bring out what you’re tired of and trade with neighbors
11. Grow a garden and give out extra produce to neighbors
12. Have an Easter egg hunt on your block and invite neighbors use their front yards
13. Start a weekly open meal night in your home
14. Do a summer BBQ every Friday night and invite others to contribute
15. Create a block/ street email and phone contact list for safety
16. Host a sports game watching party
17. Host a coffee and dessert night
18. Organize and host a ladies artistic creation night
19. Organize a tasting tour on your street (everyone sets up food and table on front porch)\
20. Host a movie night and discussion afterwards
21. Start a walking/running group in the neighborhood
22. Start hosting a play date weekly for other stay at home parents
23. Organize a carpool for your neighborhood to help save gas
24. Volunteer to coach a local little league sports team
25. Have a front yard ice cream party in the summer
The second article (click here) is entitled “Don’t Miss the Point: Questions to Ask While Reading Scripture.” Some sample questions from the article:
- What does this passage teach about God?
- What attributes are on display?
- What work is God doing?
- How does the biblical author point us to God in this text?
- Even though God may not be explicitly mentioned in this text, how is he at work in what is happening? How is he directing “behind the scenes?”
- How does this passage either reveal or reflect the glory of God?