Sermon Guide

Jesus Wants To Be My Friend

April 30, 2023
Dr. Allen Holmes

Jesus sees you, knows you, and loves you.

REVIEW: Jesus is not offended by our questions.

  • READ: James 1:5 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” 
  • ‭‭DISCUSS: Do you have any questions that you are asking God (or want to ask God)? What is that process currently like for you?

REVIEW: Jesus came with a specific purpose.

  • READ: Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
  • ‭‭DISCUSS: Which of these statements do you connect with or relate to the most, and why?

REVIEW: Jesus loves you.

  • READ: John 3:16-17 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
  • ‭‭DISCUSS: Are there any aspects of who you are or what you have experienced that feel unlovable?
  • DISCUSS: What makes believing in God’s love difficult for you, and what makes it easier?


What else did you get from this week's sermon? What actions or next steps can you take to apply it to your life?


Pray for a fresh encounter with the love of Jesus that allows us to be honest with God and yet also confident in his love and goodness.

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