Bulletin: January 14, 2024

C O M M U N I T Y

#2 in TBC’s Core Value series
Dave Tate

Passages: Proverbs 18:24; 1 Samuel 18:1; Proverbs 17:17; 1 John 1:7; Proverbs 27:5-6; Proverbs 25:20; Proverbs 26:18-19; Proverbs 16:28; John 15:15

What are the marks of true friendship?

A________________ (1 Samuel 18:1)

C________________ (Proverbs 17:17)

T________________ (1 John 1:7)

We crack open the doors of our __________ to our friends. And when we don’t, our friends gently knock because they care enough to see how we’re really doing inside. Every one of us needs at least one person who knows us as well as we know ourselves, perhaps even better than we know ourselves. – Drew Hunter

What are the marks of true friendship? (cont’d)

H________________ (Proverbs 27:5-6)

E________________ (Proverbs 25:20; 26:18-19)

T________________ (Proverbs 16:28)

How do we cultivate friendship?

T_________ face to face

Because Jesus is our _____________, we are free to be the most interested person in the room, not the most interesting. It means choosing to ask about their lives rather than looking for ways to share about ours. A soul that is satisfied in Christ is a soul that can be interested in new people. – Kelly Needham

How do we cultivate friendship?

D_________ things side by side

E_________ around the table

E_____________ from the heart

As we do all this, we give our friends _______. If we need our friends to be perfect friends, we’ll become terrible friends. The best advice for cultivating friendship is not to find a better friend, but to become one. – Drew Hunter

Article Link: 15 Strategies for Men to Strengthen Their Friendships