THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP
August 17, 2014
"And the WORD lives among us..."
Our Mutual Friend
If I were to give a pop quiz asking the congregation to name the theologically most important Greek words you know, I suspect that agape (love) might top the list and philia (also love) might not appear. Philia is the sort of love associated with friendship. In this week’s sermon I will explore the close association of Jesus’ description of the Christian community to a vine with his calling the disciples his friends (15:15). The Gospel of John refers to friendship on several occasions. John the Baptist compares his joy to that of the best friend of a bridegroom (3:29). We learn that Jesus has a friend, Lazarus (11:11). Jesus describes his death as laying down his life for his friends (15:13). If, on the pop quiz, I were to ask you for what is Jesus the source, I suspect that you might answer “living water” or “eternal life,” but I invite you also to think of Jesus as the source of true friendship and of friendship as a source of fruitfulness in our lives. —Jo-Ann Brant