Church Family,

Good afternoon everyone! Today we are continuing our study of “The Art of Neighboring”,  which speaks to the cultural situation we are living in and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  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. 

Church Family,   Good afternoon everyone! Today we are completing our study of “The Art of Neighboring”, which speaks to the cultural situation we are living in and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  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   Today we are looking at the topic of “The Art of Receiving—Reciprocal Relationships Go Both Ways” while looking at Matthew 26:6–13.   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.  

Opening Questions:

  • Describe a time when you had to ask for help and didn’t want to. For what reasons did you feel this way? How does it make you feel when you’re forced to ask for help and why?

If we’re honest, it’s a lot easier to be on the giving end of a relationship. Helping others in need makes us feel good, and it usually solidifies the friendship when we’re able to give and be kind to someone else. But part of our neighboring journey involves the ability to be humble and allow others to give back to us.   In this final session, we’re going to see how the art of receiving allows others to be a good neighbor to us as we strive to do the same for them.  

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

  • How does Dave define “the art of receiving?” Why is it important for us to be good receivers?
  • What kind of examples did Dave give us to help enter into our neighbor’s world? What advice did he give for making it easy?

Teaching Video and Questions:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/content/series/392825?episode=4

  • In what ways could being on the receiving end of a relationship—asking for advice in Dave’s case—help break the ice when trying to build a bond with our neighbors?
  • What are some practical things you could do to ensure your engagement with new neighbors isn’t fueled by pride?
  • In what ways have you found receiving help, gifts, or advice uncomfortable? What about receiving from others can make us feel uncomfortable?
  • What are some of the positive aspects of being in a healthy, reciprocal relationship? Why do relationships need to be a two-way street?

Bible Study Questions:

Read Matthew 26:6–13.

  • How does the author describe the perfume the woman poured on Jesus? Why do you think this fact is important?
  • The woman came to anoint Jesus with her valuable possession. Instead of denying her gift, he allowed her to serve him. How were Jesus’s actions a display of “the art of receiving” that the speaker talked about?
  • It can be hard receiving the valuable gift from others, but it can be even harder when we know that the person is having financial issues, struggling to find extra time, or experiencing extreme health issues—we feel like more of a burden by accepting. How would you feel if someone insisted on giving you a sacrificial gift? How do you think you’d respond in that situation?
  • The disciples felt that the perfume should have been given to the poor instead of to Jesus. Why was it important for Jesus to receive the woman’s sacrifice?
  • The relationship that was formed with the woman and Jesus could have been damaged if he had he chastised her for her gift. In what ways could being on the receiving end of a relationship with your neighbor make the relationship stronger?
  • What are some practical steps you can take to reorient your perspective about receiving from others? How can you ensure that you receive from a neighbor the next time they offer their advice, their help, or a gift?

In order to have reciprocal relationships, we have to allow our neighbors to help us, even when we don’t think we need it. If there is a single mom who has been receiving help with money, childcare, or food from her neighbor, her desire to extend the same kindness by lending her extra bag of mulch should be accepted with humility and kindness.   The art of receiving is all about being aware—we all have needs and we all need to be vulnerable to have those needs met. The next time someone offers their help, instead of trying to figure it out on your own, take a chance and say yes.  

Pray: Pray and ask God to help you remember that your neighbors have the right to be good toward you in the same way you try to be good toward them.  

Ask: Pick one neighbor this week and ask them something about their life. If it’s the woman who is constantly gardening, ask her how she maintains her garden. If it’s a man always working on his cars, ask him what tools he recommends. Ask a question that allows you to receive valuable information from them with no expectations.

Look for an e-mail on Tuesday (6/30) as we start a new series on 1st Peter. To God be the glory!