How to Love Your Neighbor Around the Holidays (w/ Jonathan Weibel & Steve Lutz) – Episode 105

How to Love Your Neighbor Around the Holidays (w/ Jonathan Weibel & Steve Lutz) – Episode 105


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Imagine a movement of people loving their neighbors that leads to revival and renewal in our churches, our cities, and our world. That’s exactly what Jonathan Weibel & Steve Lutz are pursuing through Front Yard Mission.

We respect both of these guys greatly. They truly are the real deal, building meaningful relationships throughout their community by simply being intentional and being present.

In today’s conversation, we’re talking about practical ways you and your congregation can show up meaningfully for your neighbors this holiday season and beyond (seriously so many ideas in this episode!), great challenges for us to consider in our walk with Jesus, and the next season they see on horizon for what “church” looks like. This is a must-listen!


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Key Takeaways

1) Where are the needs and how can I meet them? This was something that was actually catalyzed during COVID-19. By focusing on providing for needs and building relationships, Jonathan and Steve said, “We are seeing more people move from the stands to the field.” More and more people are getting involved in the boots-on-the-ground work of living as Christ called us to.

2) Do we know people’s names and are we praying for them? I loved this practical takeaway. They have a goal at Front Yard Mission to pray for their 8 closest neighbors by name every day. That’s a great challenge for each of us.

3) Relationships create a context for meaningful conversation around who Jesus is. This isn’t about shoving your beliefs on others, but it is about “flying your flag high” to create a context for future conversation with those you’re building relationship with. Those conversations don’t happen in the moment; they happen in a relationship. This is why you need to know your neighbors.

4) The past season of “church” has, in many ways, taken place in the Sunday service. The next season is taking place in neighborhoods. Steve shared this at the end of our conversation, and I appreciate this perspective greatly. These guys are the real deal, and seeing them build such strong relationships throughout their community is such a great example for our own ministries. You can do this.

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