By Matt Adams, Pastor of Community Impact, Westside Family Church, Lenexa, Kansas
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
LUKE 10:36–37; ACTS 13:44
And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”
The next Sabbath nearly everyone in the town came to hear the word of the Lord.
Notices from the NextDoor app pop up frequently on my phone to let me know the latest news from my neighbors. I ignore many of the notices, but occasionally one will pique my interest and I’ll click to dig into the details. In today’s world of apps and various social media, news travels fast. Apps did not exist in the earliest days of the gospel, but the news was powerful enough to spread rapidly.
In Acts 13 Paul and Barnabas arrive in Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath, they go into the synagogue and are invited to speak. As Paul ends his message, the people beg him to come back the following week. On the following Sabbath “almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord” (NIV).
Can you imagine! A typical synagogue of 100–200 people heard Paul preach. The following week almost the whole city (approximately 20,000) came to hear the gospel message. The people of the synagogue must have spread the message in their neighborhoods and workplaces. And as a result, hundreds came to hear more about Jesus!
There are many ways to show kindness to your neighbor, but as you reflect on the Scripture passages for today, know that the greatest news you can offer is the news of Jesus. Your neighbor needs to hear this!
This is the motivation for “What if the Church Loves KC.” We have a message that will transform lives, bring healing and hope!
Will you work with other Christians in KC to take the gospel to the neighborhoods of Kansas City? Who will you tell about Jesus today?
Jesus, give me a passion for you that is contagious and a courage to share that is unfazed by my fear and doubt.