Expository Studies

Play Video
Play Video

Daily Encouragement

Play Video

June 27, 2010

Building Strong Friendships in Christ

Imparting Your Life Today

“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”

1 Thessalonians 2:8 Page 1846  

         I am sitting down now and thinking about how I am going to spend my day today.  I have to prepare a sermon, write the daily encouragement, do some legal work, and meet some friends at the beach today for Bible Study and prayer.  I know I will enjoy all of those things.  Have you ever asked yourself why you are doing the things you are doing?  I sat down with a friend recently and he told me that I am the only person on earth that he wants to count as a friend.   He is not a believer, but he likes to talk about the Bible.   I tell my friends that I am happy to be their friend, but I am not happy to be their only friend.  Well, as my friend and I talked, I encouraged him to think about his relationships with people from a different perspective.  All of us need multiple friends in Christ.  I spend a lot of time with men over 60 years of age.  I found over time that many of those men would prefer to spend time with me one on one–praying, talking and reading the Bible.  I like for those men to meet in small groups, and get to know other people in Christ.  Many people, especially men, do not really want to share their lives with groups, even small groups.  Of course we all need time with our closest friends to share one one one, but we also need to have fellowship with groups of believers. 

       Think about the people you are acquainted with.  Of those people, from your perspective, who needs to have a relationship with you?  I am not asking you who you like, who will live up to your expectations, who has treated you fairly in the past, or any other criteria that depends upon the other person.  I am asking, from your perspective, who needs a relationship with you, without regarding what you will get out of the relationship.  Who needs you to impart your life to them?

       In 1 Thessalonians 2:8, Paul talked about his affection for the Thessalonians.  Because of that affection, the ministry team imparted their lives to the Thessalonians.  This term “imparted” means to transfer something over, to give or to share.  Now let me link up that idea with the term “affection” in the same verse.  Paul states that the ministry team had a present, ongoing affection in their hearts for the Thessalonians.  This affection prompted the ministry team to share (1)  the Gospel of Jesus Christ  and (2) their own lives.  You see, the Thessalonians had become very dear to the ministry team.  As you form strong bonds of friendship, you will see this pattern of growing affection and your friends becoming very dear to you.  As you impart more of your life into them, the bonds grow stronger and the emotions of affection and counting them dear rise and the relationship deepens in Christ.

      So, back to where I started.  What will you be doing today to impart your life in Christ to someone, along with imparting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them?  You really cannot share the Gospel of Jesus Christ without also imparting your life to them also.   Who will you spend time with today because they have become very dear to you?  So many people run from relationships because they have been burned so often in the past.  Learn from Paul.  Impart the life of Christ in you to them, along with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Let Jesus form the strong bonds of affection, and promote greater love and sharing of your lives together in Christ.

      So, we learn some more about building strong friendships in Christ.

      ●   Strong bonds of friendship form when we act out of affection for people with whom we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

      ●  Strong bonds of friendship grow when we impart our lives to believers, and they become more and more dear to us.  We do not grow tired of them, discouraged with them, or critical of them.  We grow in affection for them.

      ●  We harm our bonds of friendship when we stop imparting our lives to our friends, and live only in the darkness of selfishness.

Application for Today

        Today, I want to impart my life in Christ to my friends in Christ.  I want to grow in affection for my Christian friends.  To whom will you impart your life in Christ to today?

 Christ Assembly Basics 

Christ Assembly provides free access to various studies from the Bible, the Word of God. The studies in this website are not inspired, but God produced the Bible, consisting of sixty-nine books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament). The Holy Spirit inspired authors to produce original autographs of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Those original authors wrote over the course of many centuries. They wrote divinely inspired words and every word was divinely inspired. The authors communicated in their own styles, and with their own vocabulary, but God breathed out every word of the final autographs. The words in the Bible really matter, and deserve careful study. 
As we study, we seek to love Jesus more because His word has instructed us so that we learn His ways. Eternal life consists in knowing God the Father, and Jesus Christ Whom God sent. As the eternal God of Glory, One with His Father, the Son of God took flesh and dwelt among us. Because of His death, He used His blood to purchase our redemption. He was raised for our justification. We now live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave Himself for us. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit abides in every born-again believer and fills us with His presence and blessings. He leads us into all truth. Jesus is the truth, and the way, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Jesus, our Lord. 
We look forward to His imminent return to the clouds of earth, to snatch away the believers alive on earth, so that we may be forever with the Lord. When He returns to the clouds, He will bring with Him all those people in Christ who died before His return to the clouds. We encourage one another with the promises of God, Who makes our path grow brighter and brighter, until the full light of day shines forth. We love Jesus and look forward to seeing Him soon. After Jesus removes the believers from the earth, then a terrible period of seven years follows where God brings measured and precise judgments upon the people alive on earth. God cut those days of  Tribulation short, or no flesh would have been saved. Jesus will then return to earth, slay His enemies, and place His feet on the Mount of Olives where He ascended to heaven. He will then reign on earth for a thousand years, and believers will reign with Him. After the Millennial Reign of Christ, all unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will suffer according to their deeds done on earth. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire, a place of torment night and day for eternity, because they never received the free gift of salvation while alive on earth. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God. Today we invite you to come and see Jesus, and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart. Take His yoke upon you, for His burden is easy and His yoke is light. He will give you rest for your soul as you trust Him. We receive salvation only from Jesus, by faith alone in Jesus, Who gives us the free gift of eternal life. 
We accept the teaching of the Word of God. As born again believers, baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit, the anointing from God teaches us all things. We love to study the Word of God as we abide in Christ Jesus our Lord. God blesses all of us when we read His word, hear His word, and heed His word. We share original studies of the Word of God without cost and we do not receive donations. We support the finances of this ministry through private means, so that we are not a burden to anyone. We oppose charging people to read books, articles, journals or other studies of the Word of God. Such work should be supported by donations, but not in prescribed amounts and not as a requirement to gain access to what God has freely provided. What God has freely given, we should freely share. Just as Paul worked making tents, so we work to support this ministry. 

 Christ Assembly License

The author of all original material on this website retains all legal and equitable rights to the properties at issue. The author granted Christ Assembly a limited-use, revocable license to publish material on this website, while reserving all ownership rights to the original author. You may use any original material on this website to the glory of God, but you may not receive anything of value for such use. You may not receive any donations related to any original material on this website. All use of original material on this website is subject to the revocable, limited license above. You must conspicuously indicate on any use of the original material that it originated from ChristAssembly.org.  Any revocation of the license shall be posted on this website and all rights to use material may be revoked without prior notice. By copying and using any original material from this website, you consent to such license. Christ Assembly opposes any payment for access to studies, articles, journals, or other publications of studies concerning the Word of God. As God has freely given, so also the products of His grace should be freely shared.