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The Lost Art of Friendship

Sep 12 2021 • Emily Morrison, Greg Boyd, Guest Panelists, Shawna Boren

Generations before us have prized intimate friendships and cultivated the art of making and keeping friends. So, in today’s age where “friend” is a noun and a verb, you’d think we would all be expert friends! But many of us struggle with friendship, especially in the loneliness the pandemic has brought. We want to reclaim this lost art by discovering what Jesus has to say about friends. We’ll take a look at what real friendship looks like, and discover the beauty and power of “spiritual friendships” that center around mutual growth in Jesus.

Sermons in this series:


We Are Family!

• Bronwyn Lea, Emily Morrison, Shawna Boren

The final teaching of this series is a panel conversation with Bronwyn Lea on the topic of church as family, where Shawna Boren and Emily Morrison explore how the church can move into this experience in everyday life.

Topics: Community, Relationships


Thank You for Being a Friend

• Shawna Boren

In this sermon, Shawna Boren addresses the question: how do we practice friendship in our culture? She identifies common cultural practices that serve as roadblocks to friendship and then provides five relationship builders that will open up opportunities for cultivating connections with others.

Topics: Community, Relationships


He Sets the Lonely in Families

• Emily Morrison

In this sermon, Emily Morrison lays out the biblical teaching of the church as family and what this could look like in modern Western culture where church family is often little more than shaking hands and sharing a periodic pot-luck.

Topics: Community, Relationships


What Happened to Spiritual Friendship?

• Greg Boyd

Historically, intimate friendship was valued in the church and in the broader culture. This sermon provides a basic overview of why spiritual friendship is so important and why we need to build it into our lives today.

Topics: Community, Love


Friendship With God

• Greg Boyd

God has invited us to be his friends, but what does that actually mean? And how is being God’s friend actually a more mature relationship than being his servant? This sermon addresses these questions and challenges our common notions of friendship with God.

Topics: Grace, Relationships


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