Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Importance of a Good Friend
SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I’LL SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE.
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE THE RIGHT LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE THE WRONG FRIENDS.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Proverbs 13:20, NLT
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26, NIV
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV
How do you know if You have good friends?
Guardrail #1 - It dawns on you that your core group isn’t moving in the direction you want your life to be moving.
Guardrail #2 – You catch yourself pretending to be someone other than who you really are.
Guardrail #3 - You feel pressure to compromise
Guardrail #4 – You hear yourself saying, “I’ll go, but I won’t participate.”
Guardrail #5 – You hope the people you care about most don’t find out who you were with or where you have been.
These Guardrail principles are taken from the book, Guardrails: Avoiding Regrets in Your Life by Andy Stanley
The Lie & Battle of Compassion vs. Wisdom
As you read the “Guardrails” you may have immediately pictured certain faces in your mind. Take note of that and pray for wisdom, discernment, and courage. The next part is very relationally complicated, which is precisely why most people do not bother handling it or doing what’s right.
We often tell ourselves lies like “I’m just being Christian and showing acceptance, compassion, or love by staying in this relationship”. You may also think “But I really love these people… Jesus modeled that we should love people.” These are sly lies from the depths of Satan. You are using compassion or love as an excuse for inaction.
Intentionally drawing back from these relationships can be the most loving and compassionate action you ever take. The best thing you can do in life is stay on the correct side of the guardrail. This is where you model Christ’s heart. When people crash or hit rock bottom… your friend will probably run to you first. You will be the “go-to person”. It is in these moments where we have true opportunities to witness with extraordinary wisdom, compassion, help, insight, and love. By withdrawing from the relationship(s), you allow yourself to be healthy and ready for these opportunities.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Life GroupsPeople grow best when they live in community, and being part of an intentional discipleship environment encourages everyone to engage in a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
Our Life Groups meet every Sunday after our 9:30 AM Worship Gathering and every Thursday at 6:30 PM