What is Spiritual Friendship?
Advent believes that Spiritual Friendships are a powerful mechanism for our growth in Christ. All friendships are “spiritual,” but at Advent we use this name to highlight the focused intentionality of particular relationships. In spiritual friendships there is a shared desire to participate in the struggles, the encounters with Jesus, and the joys of a life of faith for the purpose of redefining and reorienting our lives around the gospel of Jesus Christ. This page can help you get started in a spiritual friendship, but if you need more guidance feel free to e-mail Pastor Rob.
Each spiritual friendship relationship will utilize different means for promoting mutual growth.
Some will read or memorize scripture, some will read a book together, others will just get together to talk and pray.
We distinguish a spiritual friendship by three overarching questions that govern the relationship
Although you can utilize any pattern for spiritual friendship, we have provided some questions to get you started. There is a set for each of the three overarching questions. You can also walk through Relational Discipleship together if you want a curriculum to help you jump in.
We all face struggles and get stuck in various forms of sin. In a spiritual friendship we do not shy away from acknowledging, confessing, and repenting of the walls we experience in life.
Amidst the walls we are facing, Jesus is knocking at the door (see Revelation 3:20). He wants to enter into the realities of our life to be with us. In spiritual friendships, we point one another to the gospel, reminding each other how Jesus is with us and for us amidst our sorrows, struggles, and sins.
When we open the door to Jesus by faith, he comes in to eat with us. We have been invited to a feast. The glory of God’s heavenly banquet can be tasted even now as we delight in the truth of the gospel, grow in the grace of the gospel, and enjoy the many gifts God has given to us in this life. Together, we celebrate the grace of Jesus in each others’ lives.