One of the most prominent themes in my life over the last several years has been spiritual friendships. I outgrew my college and grad school years where friendships came quite naturally. Suddenly and abruptly, I found myself in adulthood – married and living in a new place with a daunting sense that I would always feel alone. With dear and familiar friends scattered across the country, I wasn’t sure how to develop new friendships of equal weight and affection. I craved deep and meaningful spiritual friendships, but was completely at a loss as to where to start.
During this season, the Lord drove me deep into His Word to find answers. In the book of Philippians, Paul calls those in the local church his “partners in the Gospel.” His letter is rich with affectionate language and robust theology, giving voice to our craving to be deeply known and loved, and reframing our own ideas of what friendship is for. Paul’s words give us a beautiful picture of what it means to have spiritual friendships: friendships that believe the Gospel together, that preach the Gospel to one another, and that together hold out the hope of the Gospel to a hopeless world.
I am so grateful the Lord led me to the book of Philippians some years ago, and for the friends He has brought into my life to put my theology into practice since. These friends – these deep, meaningful, soul-searching friends – have been the tools the Lord has used to sharpen, soften, change, and free me from sin in Christ.
And I want you to meet them.
My friends and I are putting on a one-day conference for women on the topic of spiritual friendships. On Saturday, October 6th, from 9am to 2pm, I will be teaching verse-by-verse through Philippians chapter one. Together, we will glean rich and life-giving truths that press us deeper into spiritual friendship with those in our own lives, and encouraging and empowering us to start developing new friendships.
I’d love for you to join us. Grab a friend or come solo – all are welcome. The event will be at my home church, Grace Fellowship Church, in Kinston, NC. And I can’t wait to share this special place with you.
The event is just $10 and includes lunch from Chick-fil-A (because my friends are the best and like real food like I do). Spots are limited to the first 100 registrants. You can sign up over here. I can’t wait to meet you!