Sometimes people beat themselves up about their friendships. Why is that? Some medical studies report that fewer friends lead to higher stress and shorter life. There is value to having friends over the long term. That’s no surprise to most of us. You might wonder if you have enough friends. In this message, we will look at the importance of stretcher-bearer friends.
Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin” This week we will not only explore what true friendship looks like with others, but more importantly with Jesus Christ.
We have a fundamental need for human companionship. All this has become painfully obvious during this time of physical distancing. We are wired to need other people. This week we will look at some scriptures from Proverbs that give us clarity about the type of friendships God wants us to build.
You may think that nobody cares about you. You may feel that nobody wants to be in relationship with you. You might even feel lonely in the midst of a crowd. We need connections. We need companionship. Even God said it was not good for Adam to be alone. So what spiritual resources are available so we don’t feel alone? Where might we find community and friendship?
The Creation story in Genesis has caused conflict between Christians. Some interpret it very literally. Others wrestle with it when they compare it with what science teaches us about the world. Pastor Fred Steinberg will address these issues and touch on the things the creation story does want us to know.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on August 27, 2017 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg