We welcome our guests today. We’re so pleased to have David Knutson as our speaker. He is a friend to our congregation, and we hope you also feel at home.
Friendship is a precious thing. It’s rare in life to have close friends for any great length of time. But in Christ it is different.
At the end of John’s third letter he said, “The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.” (3 John 14). Why did John put it this way? Why didn’t he call these Christians brethren, or saints, as others did? He was trying to make an important point: we need to look after each other, especially if your are a brother or sister in Christ. Life is worthwhile when we have caring friends. The apostle is also saying that Jesus considered his chosen men to be his friends, not just followers. “I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15). He felt close to them and was willing to share eternal secrets with them. He treated them special.You are blessed if you have lots of friends in life, but not all of them are close. Some people are hard to know; others live too far away to make a friendship practical. It would be difficult to make better friends than people who follow Jesus Christ. Christians know all about love, kindness, patience, and sacrifice for people. We are open to friendship, and we hope you’ll accept it. Enjoy your time with us as we study together, and we also hope you’ll stay for our potluck at noon. “The friends greet you.”