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Count on Companions (3 of 7)
Series: The Big Picture
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

a. Story of my proposal to Nell. Took her out to eat at the area's finest restaurant: "The Dirt Dobber." Took her back to a moonlit hillside beneath an old-fashioned street lamp. Gave her a wrapped gift--a Bible with Ecclesiates 4:9-12 written inside the cover (have the Bible in hand). As she turned to the passage I sneaked out an engagement ring and waited for her to read the passage aloud. When she did I proposed.
b. Read Ecclesiastes 4:8-12.
c. This is a passage about the importance of friendship. Marriage, friendship, our relationship as brothers and sisters in the family of God are all included. In fact, the primary interpretation is friendship. Marriage is but an application of the truths here presented.
d. Let's count up 3 facts about friendship as I preach a message entitled, "Count on Companions."

a. Intro.: 4:9 says, "Two are better than one." Being alone is contrasted with the value of companions. 4:8 sets the stage for highlighting the value of friends.
b. It is o.k. to be alone.
i. Despite what the text says, it is o.k. to be alone.
1. There are times when we should be alone. Mark 1:35, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (from New International Version).
ii. Despite what the text says, it is o.k. to be single.
1. It is even o.k. to be single. Now, generally the truth of Genesis 2:18 applies, The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
2. Jesus, Paul, and Timothy were all single.
c. It is not o.k. to be a loner or a "lone ranger" (4:9)
i. Ecclesiastes 4:8
ii. Why I stopped going to ball games:
iii. 1. Whenever I go to a game, they ask for money.
iv. 2. The other fans don't care about me.
v. 3. The seats are too hard ...

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