Friendship is not something we do. Friendship is about who we need to be
- You are who you are because of the people who have been in your life
- Your relationship decisions are the most important decisions in your life
FRIENDSHIPS ARE HARD
- Don’t “just happen”
- Relationships take work
- I live with an angel. It takes work. The longer you are married the more different you become
- Sin creates relational isolation, separation, and alienation from God, as well as from one another.
FRIENDSHIPS WERE IMPORTANT TO JESUS
John 15:12,17 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command …This is my command: Love each other.
Let that sink in. Jesus calls you his friend.
Exists when two people, bound together by a common faith, follow Jesus with intentionality and vulnerability.
3 THINGS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP
- Friendship is mutual
- A normal part of life as a Christian
- expecting others to just know what I need
Restore broken relationships
- Forgiveness is a daily decision
- If I don’t agree with you I hate you
- My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Nurture the real important relationships
- Friendship is not something we do. Friendship is about who we need to be.
- Develop the right relationships within the church. Small groups
- …What? You too? I thought I was the only one
- Right group… I am really afraid about…
- I need to grow a little each day. I don’t want to be the person I was yesterday. I want to be the person that is following Jesus a bit closer everyday
THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIPS TO US
- What is more important than friendships?
- Possess a commonality …Despite enormous differences in class, temperament, culture, race, sensibility, and personal history, there is an underlying commonality that is more powerful than them all.
- I want you to catch a vision—not merely enhancing our individual lives, but an essential instrument in the accomplishment of God’s purposes.
- This is why to call another “friend” is no small praise, but the very essence of our faith.