Week 5 Recap

Here are a few highlights from Pastor Jeremy’s teaching during MBC’s Sunday Morning Experience:

You can check out Sunday morning’s audio right here.

Click here for this week's reflection questions.

God gives a secondary aspect to the greatest commandment. Not only do we love God with everything we are (heart, mind, soul, strength), we are to love our neighbor, too. 

Many of us have been hurt by others. We don’t trust people easily. That hurt and mistrust hinders the way God wants to shape our lives in relationship with others. 

Over and over again, the Bible clearly affirms the significance of relationships in our lives…whether these relationships are wise or foolish relationships really depends on who and how we engage.

OUTLINE
 
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
 
2 Kinds of Friends
  • CASUAL friends are the result of CIRCUMSTANCE
  • INTENTIONAL friends are the result of CHOICES
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26 (NIV)
 
CHOOSE CLOSE FRIENDS WHO WILL…

CHALLENGE you mentally!                                                                                    
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
SUPPORT you emotionally!
?“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
STRENGTHEN you spiritually!   
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works...” Hebrews 10:24                                                            
 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 2:17
 
How to Build Healthy Friendships
 
  • Get interested in OTHER PEOPLE! Philippians 2:4
  • Don’t be a CHRONIC COMPLAINER! Philippians 2:14-15
  • Be a GOOD LISTENER! James 1:19
  • Accept people UNCONDITZIONALLY! Romans 15:7
  • Help others feel SIGNIFICANT! Philippians 2:3
  • Be SYMPATHETIC! Romans 12:15
  • Stick with them in TOUGH TIMES! Proverbs 18:24
  • Share CHRIST with them! Luke 8:39