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Friends Make Life Better - Rev. Anthony Matrone, August 20, 2023

Friends Make Life Better - Rev. Anthony Matrone, August 20, 2023

Friends Make Life Better - Rev. Anthony Matrone, August 20, 2023

Locations & Times

Central Assembly

1301 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, USA

Sunday 9:00 AM

Sunday 10:45 AM

Genesis 2:18
“...It is not good for the man to be alone...”
“God made us in such a way that we couldn’t even enjoy paradise without friends. ...Adam had a perfect quiet time everyday for 24 hours a day. Yet he needed friends.” - Tim Keller
Do I have a group of friends that make my life better?
What do we share in friendship?

* Share Joy

Romans 15:24
I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.
* Share Comfort

Corinthians 7:5-6
5 For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 2
* Share in God’s grace

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way all about you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
* Share a Missional Purpose

1 Thessalonians 3:2
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith.
Harvard Study of Adult Development
“…The part that surprised us was that the people who were happiest, who stayed healthiest as they grew old, and who lived the longest were the people who had the warmest connections with other people. In fact, good relationships were the strongest predictor of who was going to be happy and healthy as they grew old.”
- Dr. Robert Waldinger, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development
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Jesus is Your Best Friend

John 15:15
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.

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