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Summary: A sermon that looks at friendship and what it is to have jesus as a friend

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Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Today I feel to talk about friends – having friends – being a friend needing a friend and the Biblical concept of friends.

Jesus had a group of friends around him they were very close and This was the inner circle but there was an inner inner circle of which we can see Peter James and John who were somehow close to the heartbeat of jesus. If friends were important to Jesus then it probably is important that we consider how important friends are in our Christian walk.

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

That seems to epitimise what it is to be a Christian friend!

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

In my life I have found that I have been privileged to have many friends. I have found that in most cases I have friends when I cultivate the friendship. When I was a young man I was in business and I had a group of friends who didn’t really know God and pretty much did what they chose. They were what My parents described as fairweather friends – Friends who were there when things were going well but soon disappeared into the shadows when the theme of my life changed from self to God. I remember as the secular friends vanished into the background that a new group of friends emerged friends who wanted to follow Christ no matter what who served him then and serve him now and who have walked through pains and trials with me always supportive and when we reunite after sometimes decades apart the friendship is still fresh and new.

Why are Christian friends important?

I think you become like the people you hang out with.

Proverbs chapter 13 verse 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. You see you become like the people you spend time with so it is important that you choose your friends carefully.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

This morning I would like to point out some key concepts that will encourage you to grow good friendships.


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