Summary: Today I want to talk about “Nurturing Relationships That Make Disciples.” The Bible teaches us that relationships are really important to living a Godly life.
“Nurturing Relationships That Make Disciples”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Intro: Today I want to talk about “Nurturing Relationships That Make Disciples.”
The Bible teaches us that relationships are really important to living a Godly life.
In the Old Testament the book of Genesis 2:18 “It is not good that the man should be alone.”
and God created a companion for Adam.
Proverbs 27 verse 17 “iron sharpens iron” so two friends sharpen one another
Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work if one falls down his friend can help him up.”
In the New Testament Mark chapter 3:14 we read the Jesus appointed 12 disciples
“so that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach”
the reason Jesus chose 12 disciples was not just so that they would go out and make other disciples
but that they might be with him also to encourage him and support him
Even Jesus needed friends and people around him.
I think we have lived into a culture where making friends and nurturing relationships is a lost art.
There are three levels of healthy friendships
1. One is you have casual friends.
You see them once every two or three months
but you have such a blending of spirits that you are able to pick up that friendship
right where it left off
2. Then you have close friends that you might see every week
and you're in each other's homes
or go out to eat together
you do things together
they understand you
you are comfortable being with them
3. Then there are intimate friends
a friend is somebody who knows you so well that you can say anything and do anything
be yourself totally
that person knows enough about you to ruin you but they don't do it
because they know you know enough about them to ruin them also
Now if you have one or two intimate friends in the course of a lifetime you are blessed
We could say that Jesus had 120 casual friends or so that he met with every few months in the upper room.
And 12 disciples who were close friends.
And then Peter James and John that were his intimate friends in the inner circle.
Hebrews 10:25 says “don't forsake the assembling of yourself together as the manner of some is,
but encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
I know he is talking about that as we are nearing the last days
As we approach the final return of Christ and the end of the age
We are to encourage each other and all the more to stand firm against the attacks of the adversary
So Christian Disciples are to meet with each other
We do this on a weekly basis
Every Sunday and throughout the week in small groups
We are to meet together on a regular basis:
To encourage one another.
To share our faith.
To get closer to the Lord
To support one another through times of struggles
To strengthen each other and grow in our relationship with one another and God.
Difficulties should never be excuses for missing church.
Rather the less time you have
and the harder life is
the greater the need and more the effort you should put into faithful attendance
and your personal relationship with Christ.
Life is not meant to be lived in isolation
It is meant to be lived in Community
It is meant to be lived in the family or household of God.
where we support one another.
Put our arms around each other
Love on one another in the spirit of the Lord.
Romans 16:16 “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”
IN OTHER WORDS greet one another with Christ like love.
Today the world has become increasingly crowded
But the more people there are…, the more we struggle with loneliness
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