Love Your Neighbour

Love Your Neighbour


Bible Passage: Galatians 5:13-14

Preacher: Ste Greenow

Series: Helping Our Community

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Love Your Neighbour

Galatians 5:13-14

“You have been called to live in freedom – not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)  

Earlier this year we launched our vision, that as a church we want to be ‘helping our community’. It’s a vision with love at the heart of it, a love that reflects and represents Jesus’ love for us and the world.  

Do our community know that we are for them? Do they know that we love them and want the best for them? Is it evident in the way we interact with them, in the way we show kindness, generosity and love?  

It isn’t something that will always come easy. Why? Because our sinful nature is selfish to the core, and this is a conflict that in our own strength we will always lose. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can show the supernatural, sacrificial love of Jesus to the world around us.  

The more we ask the Holy Spirit to help and guide us, the more the fruit of the Spirit will grow in us. This fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, is what will set us apart from our selfish desires and sinful nature. It’s with this fruit in our lives that we can help our communities, love our neighbours and represent the love of Jesus to the world around us.  


  1. Can you think of any helpful examples of when your neighbours/community have shown love to you? How did it make you feel? (See Matthew 7:12
  2. What are the barriers that you face to helping your community? How could these be overcome?  
  3. Are there any of the nine fruit of the Spirit that need a bit of extra work/growth in your life?  
  4. What skills/gifts could you use to help just one person this week? 
  5. How could you as a Connect Group do something to help our community?

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