Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Friendship is a means of grace

Jonathan Leeman, whom I have great respect for, introduces us to some thoughts on a topic that is often under-appreciated and, in fact, crucial to the life of a healthy, godly church: Christian friendships. Jonathan quotes Mark Dever as saying,
"If you don’t have friends in the church, you deprive us pastors of some of our best tools for reaching out to you, especially when you’re hurt or beginning to stray."
Jonathan then goes on to say,
"Friendship is one of the primary means of grace the Lord uses to keep church members growing in grace and bound to one another—like the sinews between muscles. Friendship helps church members to fight sin, disciple younger Christians, and spur one another on to love and good deeds."
(In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that Jonathan's father is the director of music/worship at our church and is a very fine musician with a pastor's heart.)

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