Sermon Friends With God, Friends With Each Other
Charles Goodnight was a legendary Texas rancher who knew how to be a loyal friend. In 1866, a former slave by the name of Bose Ikard hooked up with Goodnight. They gained each other’s trust through shared values and bonding experiences. In 1929, Goodnight delivered the eulogy at Ikard’s grave by saying, “…Served with me four years on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, never shirked a duty or disobeyed an order, rode with me in many stampedes, participated with me in three engagements with Comanches, splendid behavior.”
Goodnight highlighted that a person’s character is revealed through: 1) fulfilling one’s responsibilities; 2) loyalty to a noble purpose; 3) faithfulness in sustained relationships. Ikard’s 64 year friendship assisted Goodnight in forming 5 cattle trails, developing a major ranch, sprouting a town, providing safety for the Panhandle region, and making the transition from the era of one century to the next.
Trinity friendships also grow through time by shared spiritual experiences which bond us. Friendships are among the greatest treasures God allows us to form on earth. Friendships form in our church in such a way that we become a faith family – the Trinity family. New and old are in spiritual friendships that are shaped by a common effort for spiritual growth, and spiritual service. We forge our future by being faithful to God, one another, and reaching out thru new friendships to children, youth, and adults. We renew ourselves through our common friendship in Christ, “I no longer just call you servant but friend…” (John 15:14-15).
Let’s joyfully be : 1) praying for & encouraging one another (Heb. 10:24-25); 2) connecting with people who sit around us in worship; 3) participating in friendship groups like a Sunday School class and/or small group; 4) serving together by using our talents & passion; 5) inviting friends to Trinity experiences so they can know the joy of belonging to “a caring family of believers”.
One of Vicki’s & my greatest joys is growing in friendship with you. Each time, for instance, when we host a Sunday School class, our house becomes more of a home because of the shared experience. As we open ourselves to each other, God bonds our hearts in the joy of friendship. We need each other for we are in this call of life together.
Pastor Les Hollon - July 31, 2016
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From Series: "Q & A With God: God's Answers to Our ? (June - August 2016)"
Your questions deserve answers. God works hard for you to know His answers. He is paying attention to you and our world. God listens to your questions because He loves you. As your pastor, I listen for the pressing questions of your life. The 2016 Summer's Sermon Series will connect our questions to God's answers. Along the way, we will discover afresh that the 10 COMMANDMENTS are life giving in their relevance. The answers for our 21st century questions are rooted in God and revealed in God's word. A good look at the 10 Commandments shows the spiritual and moral path by which we can see our way forward. Each of the Sunday morning messages will connect one or more of the questions we are asking to one of the Commandments. We will look at other passages as case studies that will help us apply His Word to our world. Who should I vote for? Why did she die? Why did he leave me? Should I take the job? Should I borrow the money? If I can get away with it, why not? Sexual orientation? What if I don't love him anymore? Why am I attracted to her? Divorce? How can I best know God? Abortion? War? The Border? Aren't we all going to the same place? Why do we suffer? What does God want me to do? Why don't my parents understand me? How do I focus in a multitasking world? But my head and heart want different things? These questions and more shape our conversation with God, each other, and within ourselves. I look forward to exploring these questions with you.