Get It Together Sermon Series Part V
You and Your Friends
- Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
- 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Intro: One of the greatest things in life without a doubt is good friends.
“Friends wave red flags when you do something dumb. Real friends pick up a camera.”
“TRUE FRIENDSHIP: Walking into a persons house and your wifi connects automatically.”
There are several places in the Scriptures where some people were greatly influenced by their friends – some for bad, and some for good. We find several places in the Scripture where our relationships are key to our success or failure as a Christian.
I. Friends that Endanger
JOKE: My New Year’s resolution is to help all my friends gain ten pounds so I look skinnier.
Some friends can get you in a boat-load of trouble!
- 2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
This young man had a friend that was BAD NEWS!
This young man was sneaky. He was tricky. He was sly. He was slick. He was Amnon’s cousin.
You better watch those sneaky, worldly cousins!!
He talked Amnon into tricking and molesting his half-sister Tamar.
His friend, Jonadab, was instrumental in talking him into doing something terrible.
His friend talked him into doing something that Abasalom would kill him for 2 years later. (II Sam. 13:23-29)
Be careful that you don’t keep friends that will endanger your testimony, your walk with God, or your parents.
- 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
QUOTE: I can get into enough trouble all by myself. I don’t need any help from my friends! – Stacey Shiflett
- Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Proverbs 28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
II. Friends that Enable
- Mark 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
- 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
- 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
This man had friends that got him to God.
When he was unable, he had some friends that did whatever it took to get him where he needed to be.
Thank God for the friends in my life that have banded together and helped me when I needed help!
If it wasn’t for these four friends, this man would have been in bad shape!
If you are wise, you’ll surround yourself with godly people that know how to get you to Jesus when you’re crippled too bad to get there by yourself!!
III. Friends that Encourage
- Acts 28:15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
Paul had some friends that were a source of encouragement.
He had come through some difficult times. He’d been shipwrecked, been snakebit, been accused of being a murderer, he had spent the winter on an island full of barbarians. He had healed people and ministered to people all over that island and no doubt he was running low on fuel spiritually. When Paul saw that small group of brethren coming up the road to meet him, he thanked God and took courage!
He referred to Epaphroditus as his “companion in labour”.
- 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
This man was a friend – that ministered to Paul in his time of need.
It is important that you and I GET IT TOGETHER with us and our friends and have friends that will help us keep on keeping on!!
Some say –I don’t want friends to preach to me. Well, I DO!!!!
I need preaching friends!!! I need praying friends. I need praising friends! I need passionate friends!!!
- Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Do your friends sharpen your countenance?