Welcome Friends

 

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

(John 15:13)

Today’s society is filled with the idea of “personal communication”.  Think of the ways that many of us connect in 2013. There is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, text message, email, telephone, and yes, there are even those who still write the occasional letter and visit others at their homes. The ways to connect are endless in this technological age simply because the fact remains clear that people need people.  God has realized the need people have for others since the beginning of creation, when Adam was first created and the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18).  While God was speaking of the husband wife relationship, people still need contact with others, and the Bible is filled with friendship relationships.

Many of you are here today because you were asked to come by someone who attends this congregation whom you consider to be a friend. We should all feel fortunate to have at least one good friend in our lives. How do you define a “friend”? The dictionary describes a friend a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard, or a person who gives assistance. We recognize that concept, and understand the application, and we each need our friends.

 

The Bible describes Jesus Christ as our “friend”. Jesus even describes Himself as our friend by reminding us that “greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus is a true friend by the definition provided in the dictionary, since He is attached to us by feelings of personal regard, and He is one who has given us assistance. Jesus demonstrated His love for us by going to the cross so that we might be saved, and He reminds us that we demonstrate our love for Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).

 

God, like many of our friends, knows us so well. We are reminded that God even knows the number of hairs on our heads, and loves us so much that His Son went to the cross so we can have the hope of eternal life (John 3:16). If you are here today because of your friend, thank God for that friend; they care for you, and they care for your soul.

 

We hope and pray you will find our services in accordance with the word of God, and we pray we will see you again soon!

Ande                           

 

 

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