from Dave Gibbons on the Nines Conference, live and online this past September 9, 2010 ..
Talk Title: Neighbours Know My Name
The biggest game changer is how we define neighbour.
There are two great commandments: Loving God, Loving our neighbour.
I thought neighbour was someone like us. Story of the Good Samaritan emphasizes that the neighbour is not like us.
It is someone you would hate, or be very uncomfortable around.
When I understood that, it changed everything i did -
who i spent time with, how i spent money, how i define success.
Why? Because Jesus mandated it.
When we love in this way, people see the heart of God and touch the supernatural.
From a practical aspect.
How about a first step - ethnic restaurant.
Food represents culture - Walk and pray the ethnic neighbourhoods in the city -
Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural situation (where you are the minority)
Spend the night with the homeless.
questions to challenge our personal reflection or discussion:
1. List the specific steps you are going to take to “dive into the uncomfortable chaos”.
What's your timeline?
2. What group or person is the most difficult for you to love as your neighbour?