Friendship – John 15:9-17 – Sermon Notes

The ache for friendship is the one ache that isn’t a result of sin. God has made us in such a way that we can’t enjoy paradise without friends.

Jesus is the true friend who always lets you in

We want to have relationships with real people who care about us. Friends share what’s going on in their lives and it brings them together. We need to get to know one another. In the gospel Jesus isn’t wanting to make us servants. He wants to make us friends. He shared his inner life. Do we believe that the God of the universe wants us as friends? God is graciously offering us his hand in friendship. Is your Christian life motivated by fear rather than love?

Jesus is the friend who never lets you down

How do you know who your real friends are? They’re there when things gets tough. Friends are willing to make sacrifices. Being a friend means choosing to love someone even if nothing inside you forces you to do it. By nature we just ruin relationships. Jesus lays down his life for his friends.

Jesus is the friend who calls you to love

Jesus wants us to love one another. There should be a special quality of love among Christians. He calls us to love like him. He makes his disciples his friends by spending time with them and explaining things to them. Jesus thinks we should all be doing this.

You could invite people round. Get stuck into a home group. Talk to people who are by themselves. Let people in. Don’t give up on people. Be there for them.

We need Jesus, the true friend who always lets us in and never lets us down.

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