Friendship. It's one of the simplest of human relationships in comparison to marriage or family relationships, and yet it's also one of the least understood and practiced. For all of our progress in making connections through Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools, people are consistently experiencing loneliness and growing disenchanted with the whole notion of friendship.
Could it be our understanding of friendship has been more informed by pop culture and social media, and less informed by the vision of friendship offered by Scripture?
Is it possible friendship exists for a greater purpose than my enjoyment and comfort? Is friendship more than just having some people to hang out with on a weekend, participating in a book club, or hitting the golf course together?
These questions and more are answered in this book. Biblical friendship is first and foremost about a relationship with Jesus Christ. As you are brought into friendship and relationship with the Father, Jesus Christ calls you a friend! It is out of this friendship that our human friendships find their beginning and their purpose.
Aelred, a Cistercian monk who wrote a profound treatise on friendship, writes, "And so in friendship are joined honor and charm, truth and joy, sweetness and good-will, affection and action. And all these take their beginning from Christ, advance through Christ, and are perfected in Christ."
This is the core of biblical friendship, and what sets it apart from what the world is offering: it all flows from Jesus Christ. Friendship finds its origin, purpose and power in Jesus. Our human friendships then must be shaped by this life-changing truth.
Biblical friendship is deep, honest, pure, transparent, liberatingand attainable. Dig into this book, and find how your friendships can embody this amazing and wonderful truth.
Jonathan Holmes serves at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio as the Pastor of Counseling. He graduated with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History from The Master's College and a master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, are parents of three beautiful daughters, Ava, Riley, and Ruby. Jonathan also serves on the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Foreword by Ed Welch 1) What is Biblical Friendship? - The Definition and the Goal 2) Everyday Substitutes: The Limits of Common Grace 3) The Marks of Biblical Friendship: Constancy, Candor, Carefulness, and Counsel 4) The Forging of Biblical Friendship: Making the Most of Your Time 5) Threats to Biblical Friendship: Forewarned Is Forearmed 6) The Purpose of Biblical Friendship: Cultivating and Displaying Unity Appendix: FAQ