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.”
- Four aspects of authentic friendship according to Jesus (John 15).
a. Personal sacrifice, b. obedience to Christ, c. transparency, d. bearing fruit
- Your Friendship Potential
Take the survey/inventory at CanaanEM.org. Because the best way to get authentic friends is to be one.
- 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.
- Bearing fruit is the goal, so become disciple makers!
- Group exercise: In our different life stages, how can we turn our upcoming EM retreat into a great place for authentic friendship?