March 29, 2019

“Friendship Factor”, Tim Dannatt, Thames Valley churches of Christ

Passage: John 15.15
Service Type:
Being a Christian is about our relationships with people and God .
  1. Seeing Jesus as our trusted friend
  • Jesus describes us as friends, John 15.15. How do we see this in scripture?
  • He takes the initiative
    • "Tell Peter”, Mark 16.6.
    • He washes their feet in John 13.
    • He asks Peter, “Do you love me?”, John 21.15-17.
    • Might be healthier to see Jesus more as a friend than an authority figure
    • Makes him more approachable in prayer
    • Jesus took the initiative with us
  • Introducing people to our friend Jesus is more attractive, than introducing friends to him as an authority figure.
  • Invite people into our homes as well as church (Acts 18:24ff)
    • Befriend people to help them have a more accurate picture of God.
  1. Making friendships (Luke 16:9-12)
  • Important to be good stewards of our time and other resources so that people can be helped to know God.
  • What can we do to help people know our friend Jesus?
    • Bring friends to church
    • Invite them into our homes
    • Study the Bible with our friends
    • Help them to mature in Christ
  • Let us aspire to be excellent at building new friendships, not just old ones.
  • What barriers do we have to building friendships?
    • Can discover other people’s needs which may be overwhelming!
    • Jesus is described as, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” (Matt. 11:19 NIV11)
  • Jesus saw needy people as his friends, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” (John 11:11 NIV11)
  • Let’s think about how we can be friends to those God has placed around us and in our path
  • Perhaps we don’t need to overthink making friends. It could be as simple as saying “hello” to a new person once in a while.
  • Lack of time might appear to be our enemy, but God will make a way if we have a loving attitude of faith. We still have a choice as to how we prioritise our time. Are we being intentional about the allotting of our time?
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