Dear Christ Church,
In The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis writes “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” This Sunday we begin a preaching series on Friendship.
Friendship is not a luxury; it’s vital. To know and be known. To love and be loved. To stand shoulder to shoulder with others in common cause or a shared affection—this is at the center of what it means to be human. It doesn’t always happen naturally, so we have to fight for it, and it’s worth fighting for.
Friendship is worth fighting for because we were created for connection; the greatest joys of life are found in each other and our joint delight in the world; it’s the primary way that God transforms us into His likeness; and, lastly, because friendship is the best way to describe our relationship to God, and the relations within the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We’ll kick it off this Sunday with this foundational declaration of Jesus: “No longer do I call you servants… but I have called you friends.”