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 Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011) and John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015). He hosts the Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at