B is for Boldness

Written by Ben Toh on .

"...the righteous are as bold as a lion" (Prov 28:1, NIV). "...the godly are as bold as lions" (Prov 28:1, NLT).

Theme: Boldness and gentleness go together. The boldest man who ever lived was also the gentlest man who ever lived (Rev 5:5-6). You can't be bold without being gentle. Unless you are gentle, your boldness will be brutal, blunt and bruising.

The righteous and the godly are like a lion. A lion conjures up the image of the king of the jungle. When the lion appears from the bushes all the animals present in the field will quietly retreat and make way for the lion to pass by. Prov 30:30, HCSB says, "...a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn’t retreat before anything." Prov 28:1 says that when one is righteous and godly they are bold, confident, courageous, calm, fearless, majestic, even peaceful like a lion, the king of the jungle.

F is for Friendship

Written by Ben Toh on .

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" (Prov 17:17).

"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Prov 18:24b).

"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" (Jn 15:15).

Live out the gospel in life and community. In our sermon series on Practical Christian Living--the ABCs, we pray to live out the gospel through the themes covered so far: A is for Accountability, B is for Beauty, C is for Community, D is for Delight, E is for Experience, F is for Father and F is for Freedom. Today, we consider how to live out the gospel in life and community through friendship, a not so easy endeavor. The three parts are:

  1. Why we need friends.
  2. How we fail to make friends.
  3. What a friend is.

Theme: A true friend is HOT: honest, open, transparent. True friends stab you in the front.  They allow themselves to be vulnerable. They always let you in and never let you down.