The Value Of Friends

Taking and keeping friends can be difficult, elusive, and quite risky.  But in the end, it’s worth the risk.  There is an inherent value in friendship that satisfies the deep long that God has put in each of our hearts.  If you’re wanting deeper friendships, but don’t know how to start, join me for this message with my special guests from Wales, John and Jennifer Evans. (Recorded August 22, 1999)

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Message Notes

John 15:15

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Eccl 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Outline

1.  The Risk of Friendship

John 13:21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.”

2.  The Joy of Friendship

Friends help us along the way

Eccl 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Friends help carry each other’s burdens

Gal 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Friends can help bring God’s forgiveness and healing

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Friends can bring the love of God

Matt 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Jesus had genuine friends

John 11:34-36

“Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

3.  It starts with a friendship with God.

John 15:15

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

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