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True Friends

Spiritual friendships with people of other faith or no faith are not only possible, they're powerful.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Living Close". See series.

Introduction

Last week I tossed out a question and invited you to respond: is it possible to be spiritual friends with a non-believer? For the past six weeks, we've been talking about spiritual friendship, about the fact that God uses these friendships to form our faith, to shape us spiritually. We've talked about the things spiritual friends do for each other. We pray for and with each other. We speak God's Word into each other's lives. We serve alongside one another. We hold each other accountable. Those are wonderful things. But they sound like things that Christians do for one another. What about all the people in our lives who are not Christians, people of other faiths or of no faith at all? Is it possible to be spiritual friends with them? The answer according to those of you who responded is, yes—overwhelmingly yes, unanimously yes. Every single person who responded said, Yes, it is possible to have such friendships.

Now, I wasn't all that surprised by the response. What I was surprised by was the intensity of the yes. I expected and hoped for a handful of e-mails. I got an arms-full of e-mails. And there was passion behind the e-mails. People wanted me to know how enthusiastic they were, how grateful they were for these friendships.

The second thing that surprised me was how reciprocal the relationships were. I expected stories of how believers had shared their faith with their non-believing friends and helped them along their spiritual journey. To be sure, I received stories like that, but I got just as many stories—in fact I got more—about how people's non-believing friends, people of other traditions, have helped the believers to grow spiritually, how God has used them in their lives. Listen to ...

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

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Spiritual friends care for each other's souls

II. Spiritual friends share good news

III. Spiritual friends are honest

IV. Spiritual friends invite each other to explore

V. Spiritual friends know how to trust God

Conclusion