Jesus talking to His disciples says, "No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." - John 15:15

This truth that Jesus explained to His disciples is true for every follower of Jesus, even us today. But how should the reality that Jesus calls us friend impact our relationship with Him and the way that we live? Well our prayer is that the students who attend Transformation Conference this year will leave having the answers to those questions after learning what Scripture itself says about this amazing reality. This will be accomplished by taking a look at some men in the Old Testament who were friends of God and ending with Jesus' own words to us.

Session 1:

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

As we look at the life of Jesus in the gospel accounts we quickly see that He is a friend of sinners. Because of this He was often getting reprimanded by the Pharisees for living such a way yet the reality is that this lifestyle of Jesus is good news. It is good news because even though we are sinners Jesus wants to call us friend. In this session Nate will walk through the account of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) in which we see Jesus befriend a renown sinner and change his life. The goal of this session is to help students understand that they too can be come a friend of God by having a relationship with Jesus.

Session 2:

Moses, A Friend of God

Moses was a friend of God so much so that Scripture says that God Himself would speak to him as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11). In this session Nate will walk through this account with the goal of helping students understand that they too should spend time meeting and speaking with God like Moses did. This session will end with the students being challenged to evaluate their schedules then set a time and place to meet with God daily.

Session 3:

You, A Friend of God

As a believers we too are friends of God. In this final session Nate will walk through the John 15 passage where Jesus tells the disciples that He now calls them His friend. The goal of this session is to help students realize that when we become friends with Jesus we also join in the mission of Jesus which is to make the gospel known to everyone. This session will end with the students being encouraged and empowered to go back into the world holding to the truth that they are a friend of Jesus and living boldly on mission for Him!