Single (w/ children) Single (no children) Married (with children) Married (no children) Below 2121 – 3031 – 4041 – 5051 – 6061 – 70Above 70 No. with friends in roomNo. with best friends in room
What does a real man do with... Week 1: a friend? Week 2: his devotion to God? Week 3: his wife? Week 4: his children? Week 5: his acquaintances? Week 6: his work Week 7: his free time Week 8: the rest of this series?
“It is not good for man to be alone” – Gen 2:18 David had friends (3, 30, supporters in his wars) Jesus had friends (3, 12, 72) We as men of GBC are going to help each other in both trellis and vine work We as men need to Become better disciples ourselves Lead the way in making more disciples for Christ Improve in our walk with God Help and be helped by our Christian friends
Only 10% of all men ever have any real friends (Loy McGinnis, author of The Friendship Factor) “ My wife is my best friend” Kent Hughes: “We need Christian male friends who have a same-sex understanding of the serpentine passages in our hearts...” We need someone to... Pray for us, Listen to us, Talk to us, Hold us accountable if necessary
This series requires for you to have at least 1 friend The partner must be in GBC and/or The partner must attend these sessions
DAVID & JONATHAN Jonathan’s Heart: 1 Sam 14:6 - 15 David’s Heart: 1 Sam 17:45 - 47
Mutuality of soul was common thread As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:1) As men of GBC Men growing in our walk with God Better disciples, better disciple makers You and your male GBC friend will have at least this mutuality of the soul
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:1) David’s fire for the Lord met Jonathan’ fire for the Lord Found connection - Jonathan loved David as himself (Love neighbour as oneself, thus fulfilling law of God) As men of GBC – may the love for our friend develop like that of David and Jonathan
“Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.” 1 Sa 18:3. Jonathan committed to David – knowingly laid down his right to kingship As men of GBC – commit to your friend at least for the duration of this series Keep your word Keep your appointments Commit to help should difficulty arise
Jonathan defended and spoke well of David (2 Sam 19:1) with Saul Pascal: “I set this down as a fact, that if all men knew what each other said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.” As men of GBC – stay loyal to your friend. Confidentiality Be his prayer partner, friend, counsellor Get permission if you need to ask help from someone else
Keilah’s men planned to give over David Fled disheartedly into the desert to Horesh Who came to encourage him? (2 Sam 23:16) How? Titus Touch Apostle Paul down casted – God sent Titus Result: “my joy was greater than ever” – 2 Cor 7:6 As men of GBC – Encourage Christian men are minority True Christian men are the minority in the minority Pray, talk, meet, sms
Three options: 1. Choose someone right now in this room 2. Think and pray, arrange before next Sunday 3. Drawing next week
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