Just a few thoughts following on from Luke’s theme
Teamwork – Friendship
Matthew 4 v 18-22 Jesus Calls His First Disciples
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Peter & Andrew, James & John
▪ knew each other
▪ Peter & Andrew were brothers
▪ James & John were brothers too
▪ In partnership together – business
▪ They were good friends
▪ They understood each other- background, culture, experience of life
Are all good reasons why they worked well together as a team
They also had the greatest leader of all time-Jesus
What characterises a good friend?
Loyalty –faithfulness, allegiance, constancy, fidelity, devotion, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability
Proverbs 17 v 17 “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”
Proverbs 27 v 6 “wounds of a friend can be trusted”
Love & Support – affection for, be devoted to, care for (like marriage vows) / hold up, carry, bear, prop up,
Proverbs 17 V 17
Proverbs 18 v 24 “a man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”
Ecclesiastes 4 v 10 “if one falls down, his friend can help him up”
Comfort in Sorrow – console, reassure, calm, relieve, ease, soothe/ grief, mourning, sadness, distress, regret, trouble
Job 2 v 11” Job’s three friends heard about his trouble that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathise with him and comfort him”
John 11 v 33-36 “ Jesus wept” Lazarus death –showed he loved him and family
Encouragement - support, back up, endorsement, backing, approval, give confidence, egg on
3John5 “dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing”
Jude 17-23 A call to persevere “ dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit”
Philipians2 - Worth a read - Paul encouragesthe Philippians to live with each other in light of Jesus' humble example.
Romans 1 v12 “by each others faith”