One of the most important yet forgotten issues that we know in our Christian life is friendship. It’s almost as if we think it’s so easy that we don’t really talk about it or emphasize it when we preach the Word. The reality is, friendship is crucial. In fact, it’s the only relationship that continues when we get to heaven. To help us understand what real, biblical friendships are, not just superficial relationships, we chat with Pastor of Counselling at Parkside Church, Jonathan Holmes. Our conversation focuses on how we’re relational beings and answers these questions: what is biblical friendship? and how do we grow in friendships that glorify God?
Who’s Our Guest?
Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. He also serves as the Pastor of Counseling for Parkside Church Bainbridge and Green. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s College with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of The Company We Keep and Counsel for Couples and the forthcoming Rescue Plan (P&R Publishing, 2020). Jonathan serves on the Council Board for the Biblical Counseling Coalition; he speaks frequently at retreats and conferences. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters, and in his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, reading, traveling and cooking/gardening.
Jonathan’s book is called The Company We Keep: In Search for Biblical Friendship. For more information or to buy the book, click here.