29 October 2017 - The Importance of Covenant Friends - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - Reverend Col Stringer Sermon Notes Online
This year is a Jubilee year.
This year is also the 100 years anniversary of the liberation of the walls of Beersheba - The way to Jerusalem was opened.
On top of that, it is the 500 years anniversary of the Reformation started by Martin Luther.
John 15:12-13 - We live in a selfish society. There will be many acquaintances that come in and out of your life.
Only a handful will stay and be true friends.
Say: I’m a friend of God, God calls me friend.
The Bible says we don’t have friends because we don’t show ourselves friendly.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13 NKJV)
James 2:23 - God is so approachable that He who created the universe wants to be our friend.
Before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, God went down to ask Abraham what he thought about it and to negotiate.
“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:23 NKJV)
Hesed: Grace/ Loyal love - I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hesed is not a word, it’s a lifestyle.