2A FRIEND IN JESUS: SONGS: “I have found a friend in Jesus, he’s everything to me…”“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear”Abraham was called a friend of God. (Isa. 41:8; James 2:23)John 15:14; You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
4JESUS IS OUR: GOD IS OUR: FRIEND (John 15:14) LORD AND SAVIOR (2 Pet. 3:18)GOD IS OUR:FRIEND (Isa. 41:8; James 2:23)FATHER (1 Cor. 8:6)KING AND CREATOR (Ps. 95:6)LAWGIVER AND JUDGE (James 4:12)
5JESUS IS OUR FRIEND GOD IS OUR FRIEND The fact that we can be friends with God doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want or that we don’t serve God with great reverence, honor, respect and fear.
6GOD’S FRIENDSHIP: SELFLESS AND SACRIFICIAL GOD’S FRIENSHIP IS OFFERED WHEN HE DOESN’T NEED ITGOD’S FRIENSHIP IS OFFERED WHEN WE DON’T DESERVE ITRom. 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.WILL WE BE THIS KIND OF FRIEND?
7GOD’S FRIENDSHIP: ENDURING WHEN IT DOESN’T BENEFIT HIMWHEN IT IS INCONVENIENT“I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.” (HEBREWS 13:5)
8FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDOne night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints. Other times there were one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord, That if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life There have only been one set of prints in the sand. Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?" The Lord replied, "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints Is when I carried you."
9GOD’S FRIENDSHIP: ENDURING WHEN IT DOESN’T BENEFIT HIMWHEN IT IS INCONVENIENT“I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.” (HEBREWS 13:5)WILL WE BE THIS KIND OF FRIEND?
10GOD’S FRIENDSHIP: WILL PROVIDE REBUKE PROV 27:6- “FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, BUT DECEITFUL ARE THE KISSES OF AN ENEMY.”WILL WE BE THIS KIND OF FRIEND?