Last Sunday’s Sermon Summary
Pastor Chris Liu • July 4, 2016
John 1:14; John 15:16
We will have to make friends over and over again in our lifetime. Every new life-stage; every new school we attend; every new city we move to; every new church we are a part of; we have to make friends at those places and times. And making friends can be hard and difficult. As we get older, our relationships become more complicated and it is easy for us to not make the effort to make new friends.
Two main reasons why I believe people don’t make the effort to make friends is (1) making and maintaining new friendships is hard and (2) we have too many friends already. While it is great to have friends and relationships outside of our Canaan, I really hope that we would build this community that we are in and that we would make our Canaan friendships a priority. I hope that we would commit to one another and really do life together.
So how do we go about making friends? The first thing we need to do is to take the first step. We need to initiate and create opportunities for our friendships to form. Just as Jesus took the first step in coming down to earth and relating to us in human form, we too should take the first step in reaching out to others here at Canaan and get to know them.
The second thing we are to do is to be full of grace and truth. This means that we don’t judge others for their differences. We don’t just make friends with those that are similar to us, but to build friendships with everyone. We are to accept other for who they are. At the same time, it means that we are to be genuine in who we are. The ultimate goal is that these friendships would be authentic and deep.
The final thing we can do to make friends, is to serve together. Jesus chose us so that we can be a blessing to others. And I believe that our friendships grow the deepest when we are serving God together. It is great to have fun and hang out, but deeper friendships form when we purposefully get together to serve the Church and serve others.
Let’s continue to make friends here at Canaan and live our lives in such a way that others may see Christ in us!