Sermon: No Longer Servants – Now Friends
Theme: We are chosen by Christ to be in a relationship of confidence and joy as we abide in love that overcomes all that we may face in the world.
Purpose: The congregation will seek to learn confidence through practicing the love of Christ.
Scriptures: 1 John 5:1-6 Everyone who believes is born of God, and through Christ we conquer the world.
John 15:9-17 Jesus commands us to love one another and abide in that love.
What does Jesus mean when he says that he no longer calls us servants, but calls us friends? What does it mean to be a friend of Christ Jesus? In what ways does our understanding of what it means to be Christian change when we move from serving out of an obligation to living out a loving friendship? How do we become full of the love that Jesus showed in offering forgiveness to the world so that we may be free from judgment, guilt, or fear? How does one develop a faith that enables us to lay our life down as servants of God?