Made For It-ThumbI began our new series “Made for It” this weekend at Eastbrook Church with a message on friendship. I spent some time at the beginning of the message talking about how we are made in God’s image as relational beings but our relationships are impacted by sin and evil. The centerpiece of the message, however, was an examination of Jesus’ words on friendship from John 15:12-13:

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.

The outline for the message is below. I revised it to better reflect the actual flow of the sermon, since I changed that a bit. You can listen to the message online here or download it via the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In the Beginning…Relationships

  1. God is relational (Genesis 1:26-30; John 1:1-3)
  2. We are relational beings (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:20-25)
  3. Relationship, with God and with others, is affected by sin (Genesis 3:6-19)

The Heart of Friendship (John 15:12-13)

  • Friendship as laying down one’s life for another (John 15:13; Luke 10:25-37)
  • Friendship as loving another like Jesus (John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Characteristics of True Friendship from the Book of Proverbs

  • True friendship takes discernment (Proverbs 18:24)
  • True friends are sensitive to others’ circumstances (Proverbs 25:20)
  • True friends offer wise advice (Proverbs 27:9)
  • True friends speak the truth, even when it is a hard truth (Proverbs 27:6)

Putting it into practice

  • Surrender your friendships into God’s hands
  • Look for ways to build others up; look for ways to join in with what God is doing in others’ lives
  • Ask God help you grow as a friend in self-sacrificial love

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