Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on King Saul with a discussion of 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 20:30-31.

Our focus was on Saul’s son Jonathan and his friendship with David.

Why do we need Christian friends?

We can’t be all that God calls us to be without Christian friends. We were created for relationship. In the creation account the only thing that God said was ‘not good’ was that the man was alone. In the begging there was friendship — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit glorifying in each other.

We discussed the fact that when we cut ourselves off from other Christians we find it easier to yield to temptation.

Christian friends sustain us during times of grief in a way that other friends can’t.

How do we develop Christian Friendships?

Like Jonathan we must become vulnerable and transparent. Non Christian relationships are consumer based. I scratch your back and you scratch mine. From the worlds stand point Jonathan’s friendship with David made no sense. Jonathan was next in line for the throne. However, he vowed to serve David. He did this not because it was in his interest but because it was in accordance with God’s will.

We serve our friends not out of expectation of reward but because it is what God commanded us to do. No greater love has a man than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends.

Where do we get the power to be a Godly friend?

Only the Holy Spirit gives us this power. As you grow in grace you will find it easier to develop Christian friendships and you will find a greater need for these friendships.

Next week our text will be 1 Samuel 24:8-22. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does David spare Saul?

2) If Saul realizes his sin then why does David stay in hiding?

3) How can we develop the ability to hear and respond to God’s voice?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

 

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