Pathway Process :: DNA Primer

Week 4: Going  How To Build Community



Consider the following thought together:

“The Gospel rides on the rails of relationships.”


{ Question 1 }

When you think about that thought, what thoughts come to mind with respect to building community where God has you?


Read Luke 10:25-37 together:

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do youread it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart andwith all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So like wise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.  He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”


{ Question 2 }

As you consider Jesus’ words and how He has been a “good neighbor to you,” what does it look like, in your context, to be a good neighbor/build community?



Watch the following videos together:

{ Question 3 }

Jefferson Bethke once said, “Our relationship with God is personal, not private, which means we are to invest in building community.” As you consider the charge to make disciples and do so by living intentionally in the above two videos, what are the implications for building community as a central means for “GOING?”



DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for building community with those around you this week:

  • What are the names of your immediate “neighbors” and “co-workers?” If you don’t know them, when you will you plan to introduce yourself this week?
  • What is some relevant information about each of your neighbors and co-workers that you couldn’t see just by standing at your front door? When you will plan to strike up a conversation this week to learn more about them?
  • What is some in-depth information about each of your neighbors and co-workers, that you would know only after connecting with them in-person? How can you be creative in terms of connecting with your neighbor on more than just a superficial level this week? Will you plan to invite them out for drinks, coffee? Will you plan to invite them into your home? Will you plan serve them in some way?