Many of us yearn for the joy that comes from lifelong friendship. But what are the qualities of a true friend? In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg explains the attributes that characterize godly friendship and points us to the perfect Friend and Savior, Jesus Christ.
While almost everyone longs for friendship, we may never experience one that lasts a lifetime—at least not on earth. In John 15, however, Jesus revealed what a deep, abiding, and life-changing friendship with Him looks like. As Alistair Begg explains, for the believer, relationship with Christ involves intimacy, obedience, and the unending joy His great love provides. Even better, when we experience love from Christ, that same love can then be extended to others.
In the final greetings of Colossians, we peer into the Apostle Paul’s heart. Alistair Begg shows us Paul’s great capacity to love others by eagerly sharing his ministry with them and responding with gratitude to those who assisted him. Paul’s companions differed in backgrounds and personalities, yet each played a vital role in the spread of the Gospel. We can rejoice that God uses both our shortcomings and our strengths to support each other in the work of His kingdom. Listen to Part Two
What are the hallmarks of true friendship? How do we select close, personal relationships that strengthen our devotion to God as opposed to relationships that cause our devotion to falter? Alistair Begg navigates us through the Biblical characteristics of a true friend. Loyalty, honesty, consistency and sensitivity are all essential elements in true friendship and are all embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.
What qualities make someone a truly great friend? The writer of Proverbs identifies loyalty, honesty, and sensitivity as three characteristics of genuine, godly friendship. In this message, Alistair Begg describes each of these attributes, explaining how they are perfectly embodied in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as we exercise great care in choosing and maintaining our closest friends, so we must prioritize our friendship with Jesus, who is consistent, eternal, and trustworthy.
As we age, sobering thoughts about life’s brevity and death’s certainty cause us to wonder how we will be remembered. Surprisingly, those who leave the greatest legacy are often not notable or prominent figures, but kind and humble servants who lived to God’s glory. Reviewing the legacies of men and women who were either helpful or destructive to Paul’s ministry, Alistair Begg exhorts us to live in such a way that we will be missed and future generations will be blessed.