“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Jesus, in Mark 12:30-31
When the Bible commands Christians to love their neighbors, what if it really means what it says? That’s the simple, radical idea behind the “Neighboring Movement.” Here are a few churches in the Boston area that are leaning into God’s call to love our neighbors.
Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge is also currently doing a sermon series entitled “Who is My Neighbor?”
At Cooperative Metropolitan Ministry’s annual banquet in May, Rev. Liz Walker from Roxbury Presbyterian Church describes that the definition of grace is, “to give your neighbor a break.” She says, “it is too easy to be polarized; in the midst of all the chaos, we need each other and look our neighbor in the eye, speak to a stranger, be kind; and practice a little grace.”
Listen to Dave Ferguson from the Verge Network describes how blessing people often results in a greater number of conversions, and Five Ways to Bless Your Neighbors.
Finally, be encouraged by reading how serving the community transformed a dwindling church in Tacoma, Washington.
How is your church planning to serve in the neighborhood this summer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may choose to feature your story in the UniteBoston newsletter!