19th February 2015
‘Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.’ Romans 12:16
That’s the message we are to tell the world, but we limit ourselves in how we can share the Good News if our only friends are other believers. Jesus, on the other hand, understood His mission was to seek the lost, and so He became friends with those who needed to become friends with God.
When Jesus was talking to the woman at the well (John 4:4-26) He searched for common ground rather than condemning her. As a results, she not only made peace with God, she also brought her friends and family into the presence of Jesus. We see from this example that our friendship with non-believers requires that we understand the difference between loving them and loving their ways.
Question to consider
Do you have any meaningful friendships with non-believers?
Pray for the Alpha team as they make friends with people seeking Jesus.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.