Friendship that is rooted in Christ, for the purpose of growing in Christ.
We believe that our faith is a relational one. Hey, our God is triune — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And we’re called to love God and neighbour. But how many of us have these vital and life-giving relationships in place?
Here’s where the discipline of spiritual friendship comes in. We need to walk with one another, in the company of Jesus, so that we each can find the strength and encouragement to grow in Christlikeness (see Luke 24:13–35).
Spiritual friendship is friendship that is rooted in Christ, for the purpose of growing in Christ.
The basis of spiritual friendship is a shared relationship with Jesus Christ.
The purpose of spiritual friendship is a common commitment to help one another grow in Christlikeness.
“Every friendship is formed around shared goods that identify the friendship and help the friends understand the life and purpose of the friendship. In spiritual friendship the principal good is a mutual love for Christ and a desire to grow together in Christ. This is what distinguishes spiritual friendship from other relationships. In spiritual friendships the friends are centred in Christ, they seek Christ, and they strive to live according to Christ. Through their friendship they want to help one another live a godly and holy life. They want each other to be resplendent in goodness.”
—Paul J. Wadell
How do I 'do' Spiritual Friendship'?
How do we find the time to build and sustain Spiritual friendships in the context of the busy lives that most of us live today? Here is my proposed model:
Are you too busy to meet up with friends? Well, we all need to eat. Jesus spent alot of times connecting over meals. Why not meet up with friends for a meal?
Jesus had twelve disciples but He gave extra time to a group of three: Peter, James, and John. More and more authors are suggesting the traid as a basic unit for community.
Three friends meeting over a meal is an achievable way to experience spiritual friendhsip. “3-2-1” is a simple summary of the concept — three friends meeting two hours one time a month over a meal.
Does it actually work?
It’s been all theory thus far. Here are some real stories of real people and their journeys of SF.