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11.26.2017

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: We live in a culture that doesn’t talk much about friendship. Many relationships today have become digitized. We value virtual reality instead of physical reality. The more we hide behind our devices the more out of touch we become not only with others but ourselves. The Bible is utterly unique when it comes to the discussion of friendship. The Scriptures actually say we can’t do life without friends. So, if you’re tired of the FaceBook and Instagram world of friendships, then come this Sunday to hear what the bible has to say about the beauty of true friendship.

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

John 15:5-17

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 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. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

 

A collection from Proverbs

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

Proverbs 18:24 – A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother

Proverbs 25:17 – Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you

Proverbs 25:18 –A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow

Proverbs 25:20 – Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda

Proverbs 26:18-19 – Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

Proverbs 27:5-6 – Better is open rebuke than hidden love, Faithful are the wounds of a friend and profuse are the kisses of an enemy

Proverbs 27:9 – Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:14 – Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing

Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another

Proverbs 28:23 – Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue

Proverbs 29:5 – A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Lord, you said,

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.

 

Lord, you said,

“You may ask for anything in my name.”

Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.

 

Lord, you said,

“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.

 

Lord, you said,

“Love each other as I have loved you.”

Forgive us for how we have failed to love you and one another.

 

Lord, you also said,

“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”

Have mercy on us, Lord.

We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.

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