Brothers! Were All In This Together
Question? • Is God’s Word and God’s Spirit enough to sustain long term transformation in a man’s life?
The Triangle of Transformation God’s Spirit Acts 1:8 Romans 8:5-6 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Hebrews 4:12 God’s Word Church Mission God’s Men Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Matthew 18:20
David and Jonathon • The Life of David • His Friend: 1 Samuel 20:16-17 • His Weakness: 2 Samuel 11:1-3 • His Sin: 2 Samuel 11:4-27 • His Prophet: 2 Samuel 12:1 • Imagine David’s life story if Jonathan lived to be his life long friend
Fast Forward to Today • Examples of God’s men who have destroyed their ministries • James Bakker • Jimmy Swaggart • Ted Haggart • Imagine how many men in this church?
Question? • What was a common situation for every one of these men?
Conflict Is Inevitable • With the enemy and with each other • Your ability to deal with conflict will determine the depth of your interpersonal relationships
Christ’s Ministry Team • Twelve men with different ages, backgrounds, and social classes • They experienced ministry together • They tried to promote their positions above other members of the team • They were indignant with each other • They argued face-to-face
Conclusion • The local church is a place where God provides: • Friendships for the future • Brothers for the battle
Table Talk • Do you agree or disagree with the Friendship Funnel model? Yes/No • Why/why not? • Who is in your life that you can lock arms and link shields with?
Some Great Next Steps • Weekly “Band of Brothers” groups • “Courageous” movie coming up on October 1st @ 7:10 • Iron Sharpens Iron Conference- October 22nd • Weekly Home Groups