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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor


Three Things for a New Thing

Three things for a new thing in ministry. Hearing God’s calling; listening. Recognizing our gifts; imagining. Understanding our context; model for ministry.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Larry Doornbos
Speaker: Larry Doornbos

Larry Doornbos is an experienced pastor, church planter, and leader. He began his ministry in Rehoboth, New Mexico. During his time, Rehoboth CRC took fresh steps in ministry and mission that refocused their life as a congregation. In 1993, Larry and a core group of seven families began EverGreen Ministries in Hudsonville, Michigan. EverGreen is an outward-facing church that serves its community and the world. Larry served Christian Reformed Home Missions (Resonate Global Mission), leading the Church Planting and Leadership Development Team. He serves as part of the planning and teaching team of the Center for Church Renewal, coaches pastors, and works with various renewal organizations. Presently he serves as Director of Vibrant Congregations, helping congregations discover their God-given, hope-filled future.

Larry is married to Linda, a professor of education at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. Linda and Larry have two children. Gayle, a professor of theology at Dordt University in Sioux Center, IA, and Chris, a special needs young man who inspires many in their walk with Jesus.