We were all created with the need for friendship. The relationship we have with other Christians is vital to our Christian lives. The story of Daniel and Jonathan is one that teaches us about biblical friendship that values loyalty, honesty, and pointing one another to Jesus.
There are other parts of the Bible that talk about the characteristics of friendship as well. Open your bibles and take some time to read these scriptures out loud as a group. As you do, consider the following questions: What is the bible telling me personally about friendship? Is there something that needs to change about the way I treat my Christian friends? Share your answers with the group.
Share with your group what stood out to you, and ask the group to help encourage you to be accountable to be a friend like the Bible describes to others.
Christian love that is extended to non-Christians not only a good idea, it’s something the Bible tells us to do! We should love, befriend, serve, and speak the truth of the gospel to our non-Christian friends. As we do so, we should pray for God to open their hearts to believe the truth of the gospel, because they cannot believe on their own. We should not be surprised if non-Christians think we are foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18)
The BIble also teaches us wisdom and how to behave around non-Christians. Friends who participate in immoral, sinful behaviors are certainly to be loved and cared for, but we should never participate with them in these activities. The Bible tells us often to flee or run away from temptation. Read these with your group:
1 Corinthians 6:18
2 Timothy 2:22
1 Corinthians 10:14
The overall language the Bible uses in speaking about sin is that we run away from it! As we love the world around us, let’s be wise to not enter into something that would cause us to dishonor God.
Break into small groups of 2 or 3 and spend time praying with one another against temptation as you try to love your non-Christian friends, family, and coworkers. If there are circumstances where you know you will be or are already tempted, take time to pray about those things as well.
--Take a moment as a group to share with one another about someone that you want to win to Christ. How is it going? Have you had any successes or failures? Pray as a group, or with one other person for boldness and favor as we share the gospel with others. Other prayers: How can you pray for each other? Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.