Last Sunday I had the privilege to preach the sermon at Cedarbrook Church in Menominee, WI. Any time I am asked to preach is special, but this Sunday was especially special because I was invited out by my good friend Kyle Gunderson who is the Associate Pastor at Cedarbrook. We have been close friends for 16 years and it is so cool to see all the things God has done in his life. It was a fantastic day of sharing a word from the Bible and then hanging out with Kyle and his family.
He and his wonderful wife Anna are amazing people and their four little boys get along with my kids like they have been best friends forever. Stephanie and I both felt such an instant connection with Kyle and Anna even though we go way too long between times seeing each other. We were all definitely blessed being together.
Cedarbrook has been going through a sermon series this summer called Life Apps. The point of the series is that just like apps on a phone are only beneficial when they are used, the principles in God's Word need to be engaged if they are going to have an impact in our lives. The Life App I chose to speak on was Friendship (based mostly on assorted Proverbs). You can listen to my sermon, or any of the other Life App sermons by clicking here.
Here are some notes and quotes from my sermon on Friendship…...
- My thoughts on this come from my conviction that you / I are designed by God to travel through life with other people, and that friendship is one of the primary avenues in which this takes place. The key thought, if you’re taking notes (or tweeting) is this ----> our best friends are the ones who make us better in the areas of life that matter most.
- The Bible teaches that God designed us for friendship, and it also teaches us about the importance of picking good friends.
- Pastor Andy Stanley says it like this, “Your friends impact the direction and quality of your life.”
- C.S. Lewis from The Four Loves, “Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
- Pastor Craig Groschel says that “you and I are just one friend away from a completely different life,” and I believe it with all my heart.
- I have to engage in the process of friendship if I want to experience the good things that can come from it, because, remember, application is everything.
- ...the more I thought about the power of friendship, the more I was forced to consider my own friendships, and the more I did that, the more I longed for more out of them.
- Even when we are ditched by everyone in this world we have one friend who will never leave us. That friend is Jesus Christ.
- You may be just one friend away from a completely different future. And Jesus is that friend. Today by simply acknowledging your need for him, you can be among those whom Jesus calls his friends. If you do that, I promise you, Jesus will drastically change the quality and direction of your life.
* Scriptures references: Pr. 13:20; 25:27; 27:17; 17:17; 25:20; 18:24; Hebrews 10:24-25; John 15:12-15