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Spiritual friendship agape hlce_03.03.13

  2. 2. What is friendship?
  3. 3. What is friendship amongChristian?
  4. 4. What is spiritual friendship? GOD
  5. 5. Continuum of Soul Care spiritual direction  discipler spiritual guidance  coach spiritual mentoring  spiritual friendship pastoral care  group spiritual direction
  6. 6. Proverbs 17:17PR 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
  7. 7. Being a spiritual friend isbeing the physician of awounded soul. And what doesa physician do when someonecomes with a bleedingwound?
  8. 8. Three things: He or shecleanses the wound, aligns thesundered parts, and gives itrest. Thats all. The physiciandoes not heal. He or sheprovides an environment forthe dominant natural processof healing to take its course.The physician really ismidwife rather than healer
  9. 9. Proverbs 18:24PR 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
  10. 10. But what happiness, whatsecurity, what joy to havesomeone to whom you dare tospeak on terms of equalityas to another self;one to whom you need haveno fear to confess yourfailings;one to whom you canunblushingly make knownwhat progress you havemade in the spiritual life;one to whom you can entrustall the secrets of your heartand before whom you canplace all your plans! Aelfed of Rievalilix 1974. Spiritual friendship. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 2:11-12)
  11. 11. What, therefore, is morepleasant than so to unite tooneself the spirit of anotherand of two to form one, thatno boasting is thereafter tobe feared,no suspicion to be dreaded,no correction of one by theother to cause pain,no praise on the part of oneto bring a charge ofadulation from the other."A friend," says the WiseMan, "is the medicine oflife.“Aelfed of Rievalilix 1974. Spiritual friendship. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 2:11-12)
  12. 12. 1. God seekers
  13. 13. John 15:12-17 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have lovedyou. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he laydown his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if youdo what I command.15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant doesnot know his masters business. Instead, I have calledyou friends, for everything that I learned from my FatherI have made known to you.
  14. 14. 1. God seekers2. Readers (Bible)
  15. 15. Acts 17:1111 Now the Bereans were of more noble character thanthe Thessalonians, for they received the message withgreat eagerness and examined the Scriptures every dayto see if what Paul said was true.
  16. 16. 1. God seekers2. Readers3. Accountablers
  17. 17. Romans 14:12-13RO 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account ofhimself to God. RO 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment onone another. Instead, make up your mind not to put anystumbling block or obstacle in your brothers way.
  18. 18. 1. God seekers2. Readers3. Accountablers4. Pray-ers
  19. 19. Romans 1:8-10 RO 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for allof you, because your faith is being reported all over theworld. 9 God, whom I serve with my whole heart inpreaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness howconstantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times;and I pray that now at last by Gods will the way may beopened for me to come to you.
  20. 20. 1. God seekers2. Readers3. Accountablers4. Pray-ers5. Encouragers
  21. 21. Hebrews 10: 23-25 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, forhe who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider howwe may spur one another on toward love and gooddeeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as someare in the habit of doing, but let us encourage oneanother--and all the more as you see the Dayapproaching.
  22. 22. 1. God seekers2. Readers3. Accountablers4. Pray-ers5. Encouragers
  23. 23. 1.God seekers2. Readers3. Accountablers4. Pray-ers5. Encouragers
  24. 24. 1. God seekers2. Readers(Bible)3. Accountablers4. Pray-ers5. Encouragers Alex Tang
  25. 25. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12ECC 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:ECC 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up.But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!ECC 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?ECC 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
  26. 26. Visit my website www.kairos2.com Facebookwww.facebook.com/dr.alex.tang