Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.  Due to a power outage at the church on Tuesday we were unable to send out the next lesson in the “Art of Neighboring”.  Below is the lesson for Tuesday.  Additionally, we have decided, due to a number of factors, that Harvester’s Digital Bible Studies, will be shortened to once a week occurring on Tuesdays.  We are happy to continue to provide these studies and hope they are of benefit to you.

Like the previous Bible Study, we will be utilizing RightNowMedia.  Below you will see a link to sign up (free), if you do not have an account as well as the link for the first video. If you have problems signing up or have questions about the Bible Study, please contact the church office. 

Sign up: http://tiny.cc/HarvesterSignUp

CHANGE IN OCCURRENCE: We have decided to scale back the number of Bible Studies per week from two to one, which will occur on Tuesdays.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause.

This Bible Study series, “The Art of Neighboring”, is going to be a bit different than what we have studied before, for it is a topical series.  For the next few weeks, we will be looking at various passages of what it means to love our neighbors.  This study can be done individually, but I encourage you to do so as a family, a couple, or a small group.  Today we are looking at the topic of “The Time Barrier—Margin is Key to Being a Good Neighbor” while looking at Luke 10:38–42.

I encourage you to do the study in this way.  Read opening and pre-video questions, then watch the video, then go through the Bible Study, followed by the application questions. I hope this study is impactful to you as it has been for me.

Opening Questions:

  • Describe a busy time in your life. How did your schedule affect your relationships? What was most distracting? What helped you manage those distractions?

One of the struggles we all have in common is time management. In a culture that praises being constantly on the go, there isn’t much time left for us to rest, let alone worry about the family who lives next door.

We’ve been learning about what it means to love our neighbors well. In this session, we’re going to figure out what steps to take in order to not allow time to become an excuse or a barrier for us to engage with others.

Pre-Video Questions: (Things to think about while watching)

  • What does Dave say we have less of? How is it affecting us?
  • What myth does Dave talk about that we often believe about our time?
  • Why is it important to slow down and be in the moment as much as possible?

Teaching Video:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/content/series/392825?episode=2

  • What is your relationship with time? Do you naturally make time for those around you or do you find yourself “fitting” people in to an overpacked schedule?
  • Dave mentioned that we have more access to time-saving devices that ironically suck our time away. What kind of relationship do you have to “time-saving” technology like smartphones, apps, or calendars? How have you found these things to be time stealers instead of time givers?
  • Dave quoted John Ortberg saying, “The greatest enemy of spiritual life is hurry.” In what ways can rushing through life be detrimental to our spiritual growth?
  • Dave mentioned that our culture accepts the myth that says one day life will settle down and we can make time for others later. When have you allowed a busy schedule to interfere with the time you were supposed to spend with someone? How did it affect the relationship?

Bible Study Questions:

Re-read: Luke 10:38-42

  • How would you summarize this story in your own words? What’s the main point?
  • Do you typically identify more with Martha or with Mary in this story? Why?
  • What was the main issue that Martha had at the party? Why did Mary’s actions make Martha upset? Who did Jesus commend at the end of the story and why?
  • Martha’s service wasn’t the issue—it was the fact that her service was distracting her from being fully engaged with Jesus. When, if at all, have you allowed serving someone to distract you from truly being with them?
  • Martha shows us that even when we’re doing really good things, we can still miss out on the “main thing.” In what ways have you experienced missing out on something due to distractions?
  • Being distracted can keep us from engaging with those around us, which was what happened with Martha. The story of Mary and Martha shows us the importance of shifting our priorities for the sake of the moment. Mary’s priority was to engage, while Martha prioritized making sure everything was done. What could it look like to prioritize time spent with the people in your neighborhood?
  • These verses show us how our perspective about what’s important can impact the way we spend our time. What are some ways you spend your free time? What could you do to spend some time engaging with the people in your neighborhood this week?

Loving our neighbors can seem inconvenient sometimes, especially when there are millions of things to do. But that’s why re-assessing your priorities and having a margin can help us be good neighbors.

If you’re asking whether all of these adjustments on behalf of people you barely know are worth it, just remember the Great Commandment. Loving and serving our neighbors is what Jesus has commanded us to do and he will give us the grace to do it.

What are some ways you can start small this week? Inviting a neighbor on a jog around the block that was already on your schedule? Or maybe picking up some groceries for a neighbor since you’re already going to the pharmacy? Take some time this week to think through some ways you can include the people around you into your schedule.

Pray: Pray that God would open up a door of opportunity for you to engage in a conversation with a neighbor you don’t know.

Look for a new post on Tuesday (6/16) as we continue our study “The Art of Neighboring”.  To God be the glory!