As I write this, we are right in the middle of VBS. Next week I will give you a report on how VBS went (i.e. how many kids we averaged each night, if I lived through it, etc).
But right now I want to make you aware of our next big event: Neighbor Day. Sunday, August 26 will be our Neighbor Day this year.
While we should always be ready and willing to invite our friends to attend services with us, this is a special day of outreach. We do this because, often times, it’s easier to invite our friends to a “special event” than it is a “normal service.”
In the past, we have referred to this special Sunday as “Friends Day” or “Friends and Family Day.” So why is it different this year?
Concerning the commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus was asked, “And who is my neighbor?”
In response to this question, Jesus tells the parable of The Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37). At the conclusion, Jesus asks the lawyer, “Which of the three proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
When the lawyer replies, “The one who showed him mercy,” Jesus instructs the lawyer, “You go, and do likewise.”
Will we go and do likewise? Our neighbor is anyone we see who is in need. It could be a friend, it could be a family member, it could be a co-worker, it could be a stranger that we meet.
The specific need we’re focused on is the need for Jesus. We’re going to spend the next few weeks talking about discipleship. On Neighbor Day we’re going to address “How do I become a disciple?”
So will you be a neighbor to the one who needs Jesus? Will you show them mercy, by introducing them to the One who they desperately need?