Genesis Series – #Beginnings Part 17: “God’s Friends”

 

Friendship is one of the most important aspects of human existence. Everyone needs friends and to be a friend to other people. The word in its most vague terms can refer to acquaintances like ‘Facebook friends’; who may be people whose paths cross our own at infrequent intervals. In its fullest and richest sense it refers to a small and select group of people whose support to us and influence on us can be most profound. In life, we cannot choose our relatives, but we do choose our friends. This indicates that true friendship is something wonderful indeed!

In the Bible, there is one person, Abraham, who was described as a friend of God. This is not stated in Genesis 18, but in three other passages of Scripture. The first is in II Chronicles 20:6-7, the other Old Testament reference is found in Isaiah chapter 41:8, whilst the final reference is from the New Testament in James 2:21-23. In each passage, Abraham is described as God’s friend. What an extraordinary tribute to this man to be described in this way.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be called God’s friend? The reality is, every Christian, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, is privileged with the same relationship! In John 15:14-15 Jesus declares that those who follow him he considers friends!

So what does this mean for us? What can we learn about this?

Join us this Sunday morning as we learn what this is and how it applies to our lives.

See you this Sunday the 26th of June from 10 a.m. to study God’s Word and to worship Him!

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