Lecture 3: Friendship With God
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We were created for community, but our sin has produced alienation. By his Spirit, Christ is restoring our intimacy with God and others.
Friendship With God
A. We are not alone: "He is there and he is not silent" (Francis Schaeffer)
B. Created for relationship
C. Challenges to relationship
1. The inward curve of the sinful self (2 Tim 3:2)
2. Western individualism
D. Knowing God's true character
1. The importance of knowing
2. Overcoming defective father images
E. Belonging to God (Rom 8:16)
F. The nature of the relationship
1. Keeping company with God (Gal 5:25)
2. Friendship with God (John 15:15)
G. Speaking and listening
H. Sufficiency of this relationship
I. God must be first
J. An atmosphere of reciprocal delight
K. Some helpful guides: Bernard of Clairvaux, A.W. Tozer and John Piper
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