Back on Track - Part 4: "Friends"

Series: Back on Track

For many of us, Covid was hard on friendships. Social distancing left many of us feeling lonely and drained.  Yet, mountains of research tell us that having good friends is critical to living a healthy and meaningful life. But for some reason, making friends was easier at age five than at 35. In this message we’ll look at various Proverbs to learn how to find great friends. It starts by being a great friend.

Speaker: Jason Ewart

May 2, 2021

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

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Back on Track

Part 4 – “Friends”

May 2, 2021



Romans 1:11-12

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.



Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.



Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls

down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.



Good friends are critical for emotional and spiritual health.



Proverbs 18:24

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.



Proverbs 20:19

A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.



Proverbs 16:28

A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.



Proverbs 10:18

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.



Proverbs 22:23-25

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.



Avoid people who gossip, slander, create drama, or are easily angered.



Become the kind of friend that the kind of friend you’re looking for is looking for.



Proverbs 27:9  

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.



Good friends let you in.



Proverbs 27:6

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.



Good friends embrace the pain of making you better.



Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times



Good friends love unconditionally.



John 15:15  

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.



John 15:12-13   

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.



If you make Jesus the friend your heart desires, you will find all the friends that your heart needs.




Group Questions



  1. What factors do you see in society that have influenced the quality of people’s friendships?





  1. Explain why good friends are so important.





  1. Why does the Bible warn us about avoiding certain kinds of people as friends? Have you learned the lesson with any of those types the hard way? In what way are you most likely to violate one of these?





  1. What barriers prevent you from having better friends? Are they worth overcoming?





  1. Which Bible verse did you find the most helpful in this message? Why?





  1. Read John 15:9-17. How does approaching Jesus as a friend, instead of approaching him as your master, impact your repentance over sin? How does approaching him as friend, instead of as buddy, impact your repentance?






  1. What was most helpful from this series?

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