23-The Disciple And His Friends

Day 23: The Disciple and His Friends!

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: Proverbs 18:24

Assignment: Make a list of the friendships you see in the Kingdom that you admire the most.

Lesson to Learn: Christians need close relationships to help them grow spiritually and stay faithful.

Everyone wants and needs a best friend. When a Christian gets emotionally drained or frustrated, a close, spiritual friend can help him refocus on the Lord. Without a close, spiritual friend, the Christian may lose his commitment to God and fall away. In this lesson, we will examine the need for friends and how these friends can help us grow spiritually.

1. Proverbs 18:24 – If a person has many companions, it does not mean that he has close friends. What every Christian needs is to have a friend that will ‘stick closer to them than a brother’; a friend who will emotionally and spiritually meet their needs. Do you have a friend like that right now? With whom would you develop this kind of relationship?

2. Proverbs 27:17 – A true friendship is not one where you simply hang out together, but it is one where you are spiritually sharpened. Often, we feel we have one close relationship, when in reality we have many people who would meet our needs if we made them known. What person sharpens you spiritually more than any other?

3. I Samuel 18:1 – David and Jonathan had a deep friendship that could be seen in the fact that one would lay down his life for the other. Jonathan would even face the wrath of his father in order to protect his friend David. Their friendship could be seen in the unity of spirit that they possessed. To whom are you this close?

4. II Corinthians 2:12-13 – Paul needed his friend Titus. Paul even allowed a door of faith to go unopened because he was alone and in need of his friend. Our goal of evangelizing the world could be seriously jeopardized if we do not develop deep relationships that will help us accomplish those desires. Do your relationships help you to fulfill Jesus’ command to evangelize the world?

5. Philippians 2:19-24 – Timothy was one of Paul’s best friends. He had trained him in the ministry, and often sent him when he could not be somewhere himself. Timothy had such a good relationship with the apostle Paul that he became very effective for the Lord. Close relationships should have as their goal to make us more fruitful and effective for God. Would you say that this is true of your friendships? When you feel overwhelmed with whom do you want to call and talk?

One of the most important ingredients to having a close friendship is time. As disciples of Jesus, we should set aside time to develop close friendships within the Body of Christ, especially with those within our mentorship meetings. This will be time well spent! Having two or three close spiritual friends may result in us having a stronger, spiritual focus as we look to Jesus for strength, joy and hope. Spiritual friends can help us to fulfill Jesus’ goal for our lives.

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