1 Samuel Chapter 18:1 “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” NIV
Literal Text Meaning “God knit their souls together.”
1 Samuel Chapter 18:2 “From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father’s house.” NIV
A Shepherd Boy God orchestrates circumstances and chemistry between some of the least likely people. & A Prince
Be Aware Be open to God’s leading to bring people together.
The Lord Weighs the Heart Man looks at the outward appearance
Be Intentional To be a part of an authentic community... You have to be intentional!
1 Samuel Chapter 18:3 “Jonathon made a covenant with David because he loved him.” NIV
Authentic Community Has to be a Priority God knit their hearts together God orchestrates the chemistry We intentionally pursue We intentionally commit
Be Available 1 Samuel Chapter 20:1a “Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan...” NIV
When Crisis Comes There’s cost involved There’s sacrifice True friends show up and ask the question: What can I do to help?
Be Loyal When things heat up When trouble comes Real friends never beat feet the other way!
Real Friends Say “I’m here for you.” “How are we going to get you through this?” “What’s the game plan going to be?”
Romans 12:9-13 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. NIV
God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretense and politeness.
Sincere Love Requires concentration and effort Means helping others become better people Demands our time, money and personal involvement
Look for ways to love your community for Christ!
Authentic Community Be Aware Be Intentional Be Available Be Loyal