In the 2ndweek in our GO OUT series, we’ll talk about what it looks like to love our neighbors; our “Judea & Samaria.” Here’s a little background: Judea and Samaria are two regions in Israel. When Jesus spoke these words 2000 years ago, He literally meant these two places (Acts 1:8). For us today, Judea and Samaria represent the next circle of our influence: our neighbors, community, city, county, region & state. These are the people that are geographically near you but aren’t your family and friends. You get the idea. On Sunday, we’ll look at another time that Jesus mentions Samaria: in the parable of the Good Samaritan. I believe this parable not only brings clarity on who Jesus says is our neighbor, but also clarifies what our motivation and strategy to love those in our Samaria should be.
The start of each year is a time where many of us RESOLVE to improve some facet of our lives. Maybe we want to lose weight, or exercise, or take up a neglected hobby, or get out of debt, or find a job, or finally finish school, or … (fill in the blank). New Years are full of opportunity and possibility. And a new year can bring additional challenges, hardship, and disappointment. Is it wise to make New Year resolutions? Let’s look together at what God wants for us in the New Year.