Min. Warren Rudd teaching at Friendship Mission Church for the Homeless and Poor on the subject of TRUE FRIENDSHIP.
Friendship is so important and the right friendships can be the cure for pride.Real friendships are a God connection and a soul connection...“True Friendship”
John 15:13-17 I called you friends
James 2:23 he was called the Friend of God.
James 4:4 know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
Why friendship is so important and the right friendships can be the cure for pride.
1- Work (vs8)
2- Walking (vs9-10) helps you see things you can’t see.
3- Warmth (vs11)
4- Warfare (vs12)
There are four (4) levels of friendship:
1- Surface – your learning them
2- Structure – your spending time with them
3- Secure – your testing them
4- Solid – trust has been proven (transparency)
Real friendships are a God connection and a soul connection
Ingredients for friendship:
1 Sam 18:1 this is the soul connection
Lk 6:12-13 this is the God connection, but it takes prayer to know who you are connected to.
Prov 27:17 iron sharpens iron
Prov. 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man
Foolish Friends – Remember there is nothing like a good friend in your life. Some people are friends for fun and not for your furtherance. They may not be there to help you further your walk with God or your spiritual maturity.
Ps. 1:1 He’s talking about someone who wants to mock spiritual things.
If your not careful, you will go from walking, to standing, to sitting. This is the digression of the believer who wants to keep having fun with foolish friends instead of furthering his spiritual walk. The first level is walking, from walking your stopping, now your standing in the way of sinners and before long, if you don’t correct these type of people in your life you’ll find yourself setting in the seat of the scornful.
Ps. 119:63 I am a companion all them that fear thee
How do we know you have foolish friends?
1- There not spiritual enough to discern the will of God
2- They have no fruit of Godly decisions in there own life. (NO RESULTS)
3- They themselves are not trying to go further. You’re going to find that some people enjoy the level that they are on.
4- They will never talk advancement. They won’t talk to you about scripture. They won’t agree with your vision.
This is how you test real friendships:
1- Are they concern for your needs?
2- How do the handle conflict?
3- How do they deal with confrontation?
4- Can you tell them things in confidence?
Prov 11:9, 13
5- Do they give you wise counsel?
Instructions for friendship:
1- Be sensitive and considerate of your friends. Prov 25:17 Prov 27:14 Prov 25:20
2- Do not let money cause problems in your friendship.
3- Choose your friends carefully
Mark 2:1-5 the four friend of the sick man....(PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR SUPPORT FRIENDSHIP, PASTOR AND MYSELF ARE NO LONGER APART OF THIS MINISTRY...THEY ARE A BUSINESS NOW)...