Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.
SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look at the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered our need for deep, long-term friendships. We saw why we need true friends— because we often live with a distorted self-perception. (Pr. 27:1-3). This is why we need true friends. A true friend is someone who understands you, knows you (the real you), and is headed toward the same destination as you. True friends aren’t afraid to tell us the hard truths, and they stick by us through time, trials, and transitions (Pr. 27: 5-9: 18:24). Do you have friends like this? Sadly, in our culture, most people don’t. We have lots of “friendly relationships," but no true friends who know us and stick with us for a lifetime. This type of friendship is a gift from God, give to us to be a Gospel-reality— teaching us our true and eternal friendship with Christ.
Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK - Please listen if you missed our gathering.
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. — Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- Why do we need friends?
- What is a true friend? What does Proverbs 27 and Proverbs 18:24 teach us about friendship? How does God’s idea of friendship differ from our current culture’s idea of friendship?
- How are you doing with this? Do you feel like you have a true friend? (Consider the stats Jordan mentioned in his sermon). What things in your life have contributed to you having or not having rich friendship?
- “Friendship is a gospel reality for us to enjoy”. What does that mean?
- What is God saying to you in light of this discussion? What needs to start, stop, or change for you to cultivate deep, lifelong friendship?
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