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Deep, spiritual friendships are formed when believers share experiences of serving God together.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Living Close". See series.


There's a famous speech in Shakespeare's play Henry V. It's the night before the battle of Agincourt. As a young king, Henry prepares to lead the knights of England in battle against the vastly superior forces of France. Henry's warriors are tired. They're outnumbered. They are far from home. The night before the battle, the king wanders through the camp in disguise mingling with his men. He's inspired by their courage and moved by their loyalty to king and country, even in the face of death. The next morning, St. Crispin's Day, he gathers his men together and rallies them with a speech. And a few of the more famous lines go like this:

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother …
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

Henry reminds the men of the greatness of their cause, the honor that will be theirs for having fought in a conflict of such consequence. He reminds them, too, of the special bond that is and will be theirs for having braved the battle together. He tells them that every time St. Crispin's Day comes around, people will remember the battle of Agincourt. "And those who fought will show their scars and stand tall, and those who slept safely in their beds will wish they had been there." "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers …."

Those words live on these many centuries later, because they speak so eloquently of the bond that is formed between people when they are enlisted together in a common cause. It was that phrase "band of brothers" that ...

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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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I. Spiritual friends have commonality

II. Friends serve each other