Fake Friends Sermon Prep / Various Proverbs

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SOAK
Pray
- Lord, give me speed, clarity, and creativity. Help me to be motivated. Don’t let this work and time be wasted.
Just Meditate
Questions for the passage / first illumination
16:28
Not only does a whisperer affect your view of them, but they affect your view of others.
Deceit and suspicion ruin relationships. Begin with a charitable trust.
It spreads
17:9
In every true relationship, you will be given mistakes and secrets. What you choose to do with those will prove whether or not you are a true friend
To cover an offense is to mirror the gospel
When the matter is repeated it is less likely to be repeated accurately
18:24
Beware of the person who is liked by all and known by none.
Better to have a few brothers than many companions
A friend can be closer than a brother because you choose your friends
Mood/Emotion of the Passage
- Motivating and clarifying
Word-studies
None for now
Cross References / Passages that illustrate
The example of Judas
COMMENTARY
Context / Overview
Proverbs are principles not promises
Versus
16:28
Things are not always as they seem.
“The Hebrew word used here refers to grumbling or slanderous talk John D. Barry et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016), Pr 16:28.”
“Twisted, perverse people love to sow strife the way a farmer sows seeds. When there is much strife, there is some perverse person sowing the strife.” - guzik
17:9
“The Hebrew word used here, which signifies covering or forgiving, implies that love can overcome a past wrongdoing and bridge an estranged relationship.” John D. Barry et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016), Pr 17:9.
“doesn’t mean to excuse sin; rather, it means a person isn’t out to destroy you by using your transparency against you.Tony Evans, The Tony Evans Study Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible, 2019), 726.”
“There is a time and a place for the exposure of sin (Ephesians 5:11), but often the sins of others should be tactfully and lovingly covered. The exposure of all belongs to God, not man” - guzik
18:24
“The first friends are neighbors or companions, who may be attracted by money David K. Stabnow, “Proverbs,” in CSB Study Bible: Notes, ed. Edwin A. Blum and Trevin Wax (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 982.”
“A word-play is intended here, for the Hebrew word for companion is re’eh and the word for break in pieces is is ra’a.” - TBKC
The transition between the plural (friends) and the singular (a friend) is significant. “It is better to have one good, faithful friend than numerous unreliable ones.” (Ross)
APPLICATION
Relational application (love your neighbor)
if rumors and whispers are tempting to separate you from a close friend, go to them for clarity / 16
Thinking application (mind)
Explain the difference of ignoring and absorbing a wrongdoing (true forgiveness) / 17:9
Feeling application (heart, soul)
Action application (strength)
Cover when they’ve wronged you or haven’t directly wronged the person you’re talking to. / 17
You don’t need many who are closer than brothers, even one will do. / 18
SUPPLEMENTS
Verbal Illustrations
“Friendship seems as necessary an element of a comfortable existence in this world as fire or water, or even air, itself. A man may drag along a miserable existence in proud solitary dignity, but his life is scarcely a life.” Spurgeon, The Spurgeon Study Bible: Notes (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 841.
the telephone game / 17:9
Sticky things leave their mark
the great gatsby who died with no one / 18:24
Visual Illustrations
squeegee and a sponge
AUDIENCE
pains/problems
Some may be bad at identifying fake friends
Some are fake and need to be corrected
They are in a season of ever-evolving friendships
passions/purposes
many want to get real friends
Questions/arguments they may have for the text
what if a fake friend wont leave me alone?
What if i’m scared to change friends?
What if there don’t seem to be any good friends?
PRE OUTLINE POINTS
Main Ideas of the text
Misuse of words can destroy friendships
what we do when were wronged will influence our friendships
So what?
Friendships influence every aspect of your life. Make sure the ones you have a real and strong.
What would this look like lived out?
They will know how to identify and respond to fake friends
Title ideas
Fake friends
Potential Outlines
Done
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