When we struggle with who to serve and who we should love, we are not loving our neighbors as Jesus told us to (Luke 10:25-37).
Part of transformation--whether with God or with others--deals with overcoming our prejudices and sacrificing ourselves for others. Jesus taught the hypocritical "expert" that very thing when he taught that a Samaritan, an enemy of the Jews, was a true neighbor to a Jew who was beaten up, surpassing the priest and a Levite who were more concerned with their "ritual purity" than with helping one in need.
Our neighbors are those in need. We love them, and transform our relationships with them, when we serve them by using the time and resources God has given us.
This sermon picks up on the first of four transformational relationships I introduced a couple weeks ago. Everything starts with God and must be traced back to God and flow from God. Relationships with our neighbors are tied to our love of God (Luke 10:27) relationship with God. These relationships are critical if we truly want to be transformed.
Use my "get-started" post, this chart, the outline, and the slides to begin thinking more deeply about how your relationship with other believers needs to be--and can be--transformed.
Sermon: Transforming Our Relationships with Our Neighbors