A People of Authentic Friendships

March 3 2024

Topic: Friendships

What Is An Authentic Friendship?

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

  • Unconditional love
  • Happy for their success
  • Godly conversations
  • Gentle but honest correction
  • Quality time together

A People of Authentic Friendships

In our pursuit of authentic spirituality, we support one another as life gets messy. We seek to develop friendships that challenge and encourage us to be more like Jesus. These friendships help us intentionally take our next steps of growth. We gather in smaller groups to be cared for, to be discipled, and to invest into each other.

1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. … 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:1-3,7-10

Four Spiritual Values of Godly Friendship

  • Authenticity – Being real in a world of fake is so freeing
  • Steadfastness – Nothing that comes our way shakes us
  • Accountability
  • Selflessness – “Look not to your own interest but the interest of others, counting others as more important than yourself.”