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Sermon Summary: Foundations for Authentic Friendship (June 26, 2016)

Last Sunday’s Sermon Summary
Pastor Tim Tseng

Foundations for Authentic Friendship (John 15:12-16, NIV)
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.

I have better friends outside my church than inside.

This is a double-edged indictment on both our church and the person who said it.

One the one hand, it is easy to blame a church because it is full of imperfect people. And we, as a church, ought to strive to create a better environment for authentic friendships, right? On the other hand, a person who makes this statement may misunderstand what authentic Christian friendship means. She or he may expect Christians to behave in a way that is unrealistic. In either case, our goal this summer is to understand what friendship means. I hope we can all say “my Christian friends are the most real and authentic friends one can wish for.”

  1. Four aspects of authentic friendship according to Jesus (John 15).
    a. Personal sacrifice, b. obedience to Christ, c. transparency, d. bearing fruit
  2. Your Friendship Potential
    Take the survey/inventory at Because the best way to get authentic friends is to be one.
  3. How to have a relationship?
    Our relationship with Jesus is a model for our friendships: Immerse ourselves in God’s Word (and our friends’ lives), Spirit driven prayer and communication, Fellowship through the Church.
  4. Bearing fruit is the goal, so become disciple makers!
  5. Group exercise: In our different life stages, how can we turn our upcoming EM retreat into a great place for authentic friendship?Friendhip Insert 16-06-26

About Tim Tseng, Ph.D.

I am Pacific Area Director of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate and Faculty Ministries. I'm also a historian, theological educator, and pastor.


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