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Making Friends Forever

March 27, 2015 Save Article

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Proverbs 17:17 (Program: 1315, Air date: 3.29.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. One of the greatest needs of the human heart is friendship.
    2. We need friends who understand our deepest needs.
  1. THE MARKS OF FRIENDSHIP (Proverbs 17:17)
    1. A friend is somebody who shares.
      1. Proverbs 17:17
      2. A friend is someone who will come in when the whole world goes out.
    2. A friend is somebody who sharpens.
      1. Proverbs 27:17
      2. A friend is someone who encourages you and knows how to speak the words that will draw us out and lead us on.
      3. Proverbs 27:6
    3. A friend is somebody who sticks.
      1. Proverbs 17:17
      2. Proverbs 18:24
      3. Proverbs 27:10
      4. A friend is someone who will stay when times get rough.
  1. THE MAKING OF FRIENDSHIP (Luke 6:31)
    1. People want to be accepted.
    2. People want to be acknowledged.
      1. Psalm 34:15
      2. Psalm 116:1
    3. People want to be appreciated.
    4. People want to be affirmed.
      1. Proverbs 11:9
    5. People want to be assured.
      1. Romans 12:15
  1. THE MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP (Proverbs 17:17)
    1. Proverbs 18:24
    2. Friendships cost time and effort, but they are worth it.
  1. THE MINISTRY OF FRIENDSHIP (John 15:13-14)
    1. Jesus was a friend of sinners.
    2. We must be friends to our communities so that we can reach the lost.
    3. In the church setting, the leaders need to set the tone and the atmosphere. We need to be approachable and neat.
    4. The church body needs to learn how to greet people and have a “welcome” smile on our faces.
  1. CONCLUSION
    1. We need to love people to Jesus.
    2. We need to make friends not for time, but for eternity.

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