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The Time Barrier

Who are your neighbors?

Fill in the block map below.  Write the names of your neighbors by listing out the names of the adults and children of the 8 closest houses or apartment units next to you.  Pay attention to the blank spaces.  Identify each of your neighbors as a stranger, acquaintance, or relationship.

Read Luke 10:38-42.  Do you associate more with Martha or Mary?  If you were going to defend Martha, in the moment, what would you want to say?

Pathak and Runyan, in The Art of Neighboring, identify three myths that impact our culture: 1) the myth that things will settle down someday; 2) the myth that more will be enough; and, 3) the myth that everybody lives like “this” (busy and hectic lives.

How do you see these myths impacting you and your community?

Which of these three (3) myths do you struggle with the most?  How does that reveal itself in your life?

 Imagine yourself with the time it would take to be a great neighbor.  What are the things you would have to sacrifice to make that a reality?  Why might it be worth it?  What could change in your life or in your neighborhood?

 Look at your block map.  Identify one neighbor that you are going to pray for over the next week.

Which neighbor(s) do you still have to meet?

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The Art of Neighboring: The Fear Factor

 ​Adapted from the chart and instructions on p.36-40 in
​The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door
by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon (Grand Rapids: BakerBooks, 2012).