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December 14, 2014

Some Favorite Quotes from The Art of Neighboring

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Some Favorite Quotes from The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon

Chapter 1 Who Is My Neighbor?

“there isn’t a noticeable difference in how Christians and non-Christians neighbor in our community.”

“I have come to believe that, as followers of Jesus, one of the worthiest endeavors we can undertake is to take the Great Commandment seriously and learn to be in relationship with our literal neighbors”

Chapter 2 Taking the Great Commandment Seriously

Chapter 3 The Time Barrier

Lie #1: Things will settle down someday. The truth is that things will only settle down when you die or when you get intentional about adjusting your schedule.

Lie #2: More will be enough. With this lie we convince ourselves that we’re just one more purchase or achievement away from contentment.

Lie #3: Everybody lives like this. This lie makes us believe that being overly busy is simply a way of life in our culture.

Martha gets reprimanded for serving Jesus. But that’s exactly what makes this story so powerful. Jesus is saying that sometimes we have to learn how to say no to good things to focus on what’s most important.

John Ortberg has coined the phrase “hurry sickness.” As he says, “Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.

(1) make the main thing the main thing, (2) eliminate time stealers, and (3) be interruptible.

Chapter 4 The Fear Factor

First Peter 3:13–16 offers a further perspective. Peter asks: Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.

When you encounter other people, do not fear. Do not be frightened. Even when everyone around you chooses fear, you have a hope that is greater.

know, at the end of the day, following Jesus is not necessarily designed to be safe. Safety is a natural desire but it can keep us from being like Jesus in the midst of an unsafe world.

Being a good neighbor simply means slowing down and being aware of what he is designing. By developing real relationships, you’ll find out how God is already moving in a person’s life. You’ll begin to overcome the fear that you once had and develop trust for one another.

most of the people in his shelter ended up there because of isolation. They became distanced from friends, family, and neighbors. And then it took only one bad break for them to end up on the streets.

Chapter 5 Moving Down the Line

We wrote down the names we were learning on a simple block map that we taped to the side of the fridge.

a simple map of the neighborhood, including everybody’s name, home and cell numbers, and email

Parties create space for us to talk to others we already know and to meet people we don’t. Maybe this is the reason Jesus spent so much time at parties—he knew the power of a party.

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