The Art of Neighboring


About a month ago a pastor friend gave me a book that has really changed the way I see "evangelism & outreach" in my life. The book poses a great "what if". 

 "What if the Greatest Commandment was never meant to be separated from the Great Commission?"


The Great Commandment

"37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”"  Matthew 22:37-40

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

 The book goes on to ask: "What if our neighbor is really our neighbor, like the family that lives next door?" Many people try and find people to share their life and faith with but what if they simple started by being good neighbors to those around them? 

How simple. No strategy or program. Start loving your neighbors in tangible ways.   


Buy "The Art of Neighboring Book" here at Amazon.

Visit a free website with resources that can help you start neighboring including ideas such as vision casting, block parties, etc. 


Stephen Martin

Vintage Church, 750 East Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights, TX, 76548

Stephen serves as founding & senior pastor at Vintage Church. He oversees the church's overall direction including mission, vision and values.