Colossians 4:5-6 — Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
After you have prayed for your neighbors, it is time to take your relationship with them to the next level. Perhaps you don’t know them at all–go over and introduce yourself. Invite them over for dinner. Watch a ball game together. Grab some coffee sometime. Anything that will help you simply get to know each other better. For more about this, watch the video below and discuss the follow up questions/application with your group.
1. What are the barriers you experience to getting to know your neighbors?
2. How can we overcome, or work around, some of those barriers?
3. What is something that you enjoy doing in life, that you could invite someone to do with you, simply to get to know them better?
4. Do you remember a time when someone approached you to get to know you better? What was good and/or bad about that?
Application for the group (for a different meeting time):
Take 5 minutes and have everyone call one person they are praying for. Just to say hello, to invite them to dinner, or to take the relationship forward one step in some way. Come back together as a group and talk about how it went. If you cannot call someone, commit to contacting them before the group meets again.
Just Walk Across the Room (Bill Hybels)