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Are You My Friend? John 15:9-17

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

The Relationship God desires with you is a Friend.
God does not want rule followers
God does not want puppets
God does not want slaves
God does not want individual strangers in a foreign land.
God does not want you to mind your own business, on the contrary (mind God’s business, together)

The completed circle of Joy is that we obey out of love, not legal requirement.
Couples come to be married, many want pretty wedding pictures or to please Momma, but marriage
is a model,

We are a fellowship of Friends.
It is an interdependent and mutual relationship of FRIENDSHIP

Friends, know and are entrusted with the Master’s business

Not only know the business, but it becomes our business

Friends, the fruit of God’s vine

The product of God entrusting people with his work, the produce is FRIENDSHIP
Not the friendship that is a one-up
Not business networking
Not for MY advantage, but for God’s

SO WHAT IS FRIENDSHIP

Friendship involves the choice of sharing, trusting, loving.

SO evangelism is bringing your friends to know Christ.
SO worship is blossoming into the people and relationship God has hoped for us

Are you my friend?
Who is not your friend? How is the Kingdom bless by you deciding not to allow forgiveness..

Our heritage is friendship…
it is what has brought us where we are and it is where God’s course is set to take us

Friends don’t let friends, off the hook
Friends don’t let friends, have their own way, rather God’s way
Friends turn the other cheek, not a blind eye
Friends ask in Jesus name
Friends forgive
Friends remember the love and forget the past
Friends are friends for ever, if the lord’s the lord of them… let it be, with you and me, friend.

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