Summary: God wants to use you to make those around you aware of His offer of friendship.
HOW TO BE GOD’S GOOD FRIEND
II COR. 5:16-20 AUGUST 17, 2003 Chester’s First Baptist Church
Mike Fogerson, Speaker
 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God’s friend. -Jms. 2:23
B This morning we will hearing "How To Be God’s Good Friend."
a God wanted to use his friends at the Corinthian church to restore the world’s relationship to himself. (ETS)
b God wants to use you to make those around you aware of his offer of friendship.
2CO 5:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
C I hope you will invite at least four people to our first revival service. (Objective)
a Who will be God’s good friend? (Probing Question)
b Let’s look at two things that happen to those who become God’s good friend.
Pray & Preach
I The first thing that happens to those who become God’s good friend is. . . THEY ARE CHANGED. (vv:16-17)
A Paul saw two key changes that took place when someone became a believer.
a v:16 First Change. . .NEW ATTITUDE.
Seeing people in a different light (former was superficial, now spiritual)
Jesus (They had seen him as a homeless man from Nazareth, NOW they see him as the Messiah from Heaven.) Superficial vs. Spiritual
*By the way...If you don’t ever see Jesus for who he really is, you will NEVER be saved!
Not so much a new behavior as it was a new attitude.
b v:17 Second Change. . .NEW CREATION
Old life is gone, new life had bloomed.
Old is gone (gk. "parelthen") Passed out of existence. Dinosaur!
New has come (gk. "gegonen") Come to stay!
New What? 1st is a new attitude!!!
B Becoming a believer (God’s friend) is more than saying a prayer. (In fact, you can say a "sinner’s prayer" a million times and if it’s not from your heart, you still lost.)
a New birth is NOT putting your name on a church membership roll, baptism, quarter in the offering the plate.
Deep & radical change of the heart.
Play by different rules, different agenda!
Old is GONE, New has COME (Your name is no longer Deb, Mike, Sue. God calls you "his."
b We must daily examine our heart and see if that change that makes us God’s friends has taken place.
If it hasn’t. . .something is wrong!
If we are still living like hell, talking like hell,. . .guess where we are probably headed?
C Two college boys were home for the summer trying to make a few extra bucks. They were hired to cut firewood for a man. (The boys had never cut firewood so the man showed them how to do it.)