Christ Died to Give Us Christ-Exalting Friendships

“Jesus never intended that the enjoyment of his presence would replace the enjoyment of the presence of Christian friends,” says John Piper in his most recent sermon on 2 Timothy 4:9–12. Although we have an infallible Savior, we still have need of our fickle, fallen, finite, fallible, and failing friends, a point Piper makes in this 5-minute clip:


This clip was taken from John Piper’s sermon: “He Stood by Me and Strengthened Me for the Sake of the Gospel” (2 Timothy 4:9–12).

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at