In recent years, people have talked to me about their loneliness. "I don't have any friends," they say with sadness. A survey in the American Sociological Review showed that one out of every four Americans had no close friends. On average, Americans have only two people they would call close confidants!
Many people live solitary lives. The breakup of marriages and families is one reason. Technology can actually isolate us from live and personal contact. Many people telecommute or work out their homes. Behind their mini-blinds and no soliciting signs, many people are insulated and isolated from human contact. Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram can actually make feel ever lonelier.
The Apostle Paul worked at friendships. Paul always traveled with somebody like Barnabas, Silas, Luke, and many others friends. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul was in prison. He wrote to Timothy in verse 9: "do your best to come to me quickly" Although Paul was a fine exegete, author, and church planter, he was spiritually mature enough to know that he needed friends. If you read the New Testament, Paul lists dozens and dozens of names of actual people he greets or wants them to be greeted. Paul might have been a crusty old apostle who could be solitary and self-sufficient, but he understood the power of Christian friendships.
Our Lord Jesus worked at friendships
. In John 15:15, Jesus said: "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." After the resurrection, our Lord Jesus met the disciples on the beach one morning in John 21: "He called out to them, 'Friends, haven't you any fish?'" Although Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity, He needed friends. Certainly, Jesus needed times alone to pray. But most of the time, when Jesus was here on earth, He was with friends, was making friends, or was serving people as a friend.
Friends will give you fellowship and companionship. Friends will give you encouragement and cheer. Friends will give you help and support. Friends will give you accountability and advice for behavioral change. Friends will help you grow and know God better. You need friends!
Folks, that is why you need East Hills. We have loving people. We have godly people. We have many opportunities for people to make friends. In fact, our church is big enough to serve you but small enough to care. Over the years, many people have made friends at East Hills for life.
That's why I am inviting you to come to East Hills Church this Sunday!
Bring a Bible, a smile, your friends and family. Remember, we have:
9:15 AM -
- Bible study and discussion in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM -
Nursery - Children 0 through grade 2
11:00 AM - Worship Service - Up-beat praise and Bible teaching
11:30 AM - Childrens Church - Grade 3 through 6
I love being your pastor!
Pastor Mark Platt