Finding & deepening friendships

Why Share Life?

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Here are three examples from scripture of the many times Jesus shared life with those he was with >

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

How to Share Life

Share Life Goals

Question: Who do you know that you could share life with? Do you need to find new connections? Are there non-Christians friendships already that you could begin to deepen? What are your biggest barriers to sharing life right now?

Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit who God is highlighting to you. How could you find or deepen a friendship?

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Always pray >

Thank God for His Spirit in you; Isaiah 61:1. Thank God for your growing confidence; Hebrews 10:35.
Pray about the goals you've set, and for each other if you're gathering together.