Wisdom Friends Wisely (Proverbs 13:20, 17:17, 18:24)
August 2, 2015 Speaker: Dr. David Silvernail Series: Wisdom for Life - A Series in the Book of Proverbs
Topic: Sermons Passage: Proverbs 13:20–17:17
This week we’re looking at the topic of friendship. Recently a “Facebook Friend” (surely a special category) posted the comment, “People aren’t looking for friendly churches, ”uc">they’re looking for friends." I think that’s been true for a long time, but never more than today. Our culture of busyness, consumerism, and ever present social media (like what you’re reading now) doesn’t provide much encouragement for the development of deep, long-lasting friendships. And that’s because such friendships take both time and sacrifice. And yet the constant teaching of the Scriptures is that friendship is one of the primary means God uses to strengthen His people.
We’re spending this summer in the Book of Proverbs, and we’re looking at how Proverbs gives us #WisdomforLife. This week we’ll look at Proverbs that address how wisdom is revealed by the friends we choose. We’ll be considering the topic, “Wisdom friends wisely” and our key verse will be Proverbs 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
And to make it even more important, Proverbs confronts us with the fact that this is a life-long issue. You never outgrow the need for friends. And so Proverbs has a lot to say about friendships — What should we look for in friends? Whom should we stay away from? What should guide us in choosing friends? How should we treat our friends? And How do we keep our friends? These are a few of the questions we’ll be looking at this Sunday. Hopefully, I’ll see many friends there, including you, Dr. Dave