How Should We Develop Biblical Friendships?
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend,” Proverbs 27:17 tells us. God uses Christian friendships to help His children grow in grace and stay true to Christ. But our twenty-first-century Western culture values individualism, busyness, and selfishness—qualities that do not encourage deep, long-lasting, satisfying friendships.
The authors guide us through a practical survey of biblical and historical friendships, drawing principles from them that will aid us in forming our own biblical friendships that will sharpen us for our Christian journey in a world that is no friend to grace.
Friendship in the Holy Scriptures
- Paul’s Understanding of Friendship
- Paul’s Friendship with Timothy
- Paul’s Hunger for Companionship while Facing Death
Friendship in the Christian Tradition
- John Calvin’s Friendships
- An Eighteenth-Century Friendship
- Two Baptist Friends
The Art of Building Godly Friendships
Practical Steps Toward Deepening Friendship