The Transforming Power of Friendship

The Transforming Power of Friendship

It’s not hard to see that there is a widely-known friendship problem in today’s society. In fact, loneliness is now considered an epidemic. More people than ever have less friends than ever, which results in an anxious, depressed, and miserable society. So, how do we combat this issue? Join Ryan Huber as he considers what this problem is, and attainable solutions to step out of isolation and into community.

The Transforming Power of Friendship
  • 1 - We Have a Friendship Problem.

    We were made to have community, but it’s becoming more and more clear that friendship is a luxury in this modern world. So many people find themselves more isolated and more anxious than ever before. What is the solution to this problem?

  • 2 - What is Friendship?

    In writing about friendship, C.S. Lewis says, “Life, natural life, has no better gift to give. Who could have deserved it?” So what is friendship? Friendships are relationships that make us feel truly human, that encourage us to be more like Jesus, and that make life worth living.

  • 3 - Why Friendships?

    The body of Jesus Christ is found in community. In fact, in Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am found with them.” It’s through friendships and relationships that we are reminded of Jesus and his love for us. We were not made for isolation. We were mad...

  • 4 - Discipline, Formation, and Community

    How do we become transformed? One place to start is to listen. Listening is one of the surest ways to build friendships and to become a better friend. When we listen to others, and when we listen to the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves guided and molded into the people we’re meant to be.

  • 5 - Where to Build Friendships

    For a lot of people, Church can be a daunting place to look for friends. It can be difficult to get plugged in, and then, to take that to the next step: a meaningful relationship. In this episode, Ryan encourages you to start small. Sit in the same spot every Sunday, and have intentional conversa...

  • 7 - How Friendships Form Us

    Friendships train us to become better friends. They hold up a mirror that we might know ourselves on a deeper level and, in fact, how we treat our friends says a lot about how we see ourselves. These are only a few of the reasons it is so integral to have friends that you can depend on and trust ...

  • 6 - How to Build Friendships

    Bonhoffer tells us that perfect community is the enemy of real community. There will be a perfect friendship. We are, all of us, deeply imperfect people. However, when the Holy Spirit is moving in our lives, and the lives of those around us, he can bring reconciliation and deep commitment, even i...

  • 8 - What Transformation Looks Like

    Scripture talks a lot about transformation, but one passage clearly dives into what it means to live a life transformed: Romans 12. In this episode, Ryan Huber walks through this chapter in Romans and considers what it might mean for our own lives.

  • 9 - What’s Next?

    In this last episode of the series, Ryan Huber gives three tangible steps to finding friends. God will provide people in your life to build you up, and just maybe, you’re meant to be that person in someone else’s life, too.