Practical Christianity Series - Friends

Proverbs 18:24

Tonight I would like to begin a series of messages that deal with making our faith, practical and positive. Jesus called us to be 'salt' and 'light' in this world. (Mt. 5:13-14) Before we can be 'light' we must first be 'salt'. That means we are to have an influence. It is of little value to have the truth of God's Word, and know the way to salvation, if we cannot influence others that they might see the 'light' of the Gospel. So how do we become a positive witness for Christ with others? How can we influence others with the Gospel? It begins with an understanding of what the Bible teaches concerning being a friend to others.

(Prov 18:24) A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Very few of us desire to live the life of a hermit. We want friends, but what happens (especially in a church) is that we gain a certain amount of security in limiting the number of people we allow to become close to us.

We develop a small circle of friends…others would refer to that as having 'clicks'. Unfortunately they would be correct much of the time. With our small circle of friends we tend to build walls to keep others out rather than bridges to allow others in. If we are going to be a positive influence for Christ and reach others with the light of the Gospel, we need to build bridges to develop new friendships. God has given us some principles to guide us in accomplishing this task.

I. Choosing Sides Is A Poor Way To Cultivate Friends.

II. The Lord is Our Source for Building Present Friendships and for Reaching New Friends.

III. Guidelines from Scripture on Friends and Friendship.