Sunday, June 7, 2015
Friending: One Friend Away
SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS, AND I’LL SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
YOU MIGHT BE ONE FRIEND AWAY
FROM CHANGING THE COURSE OF YOUR DESTINY.
Acts 9:26-28 When (Saul) came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
3 TYPES OF FRIENDS EVERY PERSON NEEDS
• SAMUEL: A FRIEND WHO MAKES YOU BETTER.
1 Samuel 16:12-13 …Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
• JONATHAN: A FRIEND WHO HELPS YOU FIND SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.
1 Samuel 23:15-16 While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. 16 And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.
• NATHAN: A FRIEND WHO TELLS YOU THE TRUTH.
2 Samuel 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
Proverbs 27:5-6 (NLT) An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.