The Case For Biblical Friendship

September 24, 2023   /   Pastor Kyle Bonenberger   /   City Church

How to experience amazing biblical friendships.

  • Don’t be an crazy .

| 1 Samuel 17:25 | 1 Samuel 18:2, 7-11, 17-21, 25-30 | 1 Samuel 19:11 |

  • (Humbly) Do what’s of .

| 1 Samuel 18:23 | Philippians 2:5-6 |

  • the you are for.
  • Make it a to for .

| 1 Samuel 19:1-7 |

  • communication , others’ , and offer when life gets .

| 1 Samuel 20 |

 


 

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

What do you think?

Have someone quickly read over the main points/fill-ins from Sunday’s message. After you’ve refreshed everyone’s memories, share what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you.

The story of your life.

  1. What was the most memorable story or example of a great friendship lived out in your life? If you are married or dating, try to think of an example that is not your significant other.
  2. On Sunday, Pastor Kyle mentioned that you must make deposits in relationships before making withdrawals. Can you think of practical ways you can invest in a current friendship to build stronger bonds?

Digging deeper.

  1. The story of the healing of the paralytic man is a powerful example of friendship, faith, and the support of a community. Read Mark 2:1-12 together, have a few people recap the main tenets of the story and then answer the following questions.
    1. Have you ever witnessed or experienced a situation where friends or a community came together to support someone in need? Share your experience.
    2. What does this story tell us about God? People? You?
  2. The story of Ruth and Naomi is a beautiful narrative of friendship, loyalty, and support in difficult times. It showcases the deep bond between a woman and her mother-in-law during challenging circumstances. Read Ruth 1:1-18 together, have a few people recap the main tenets of the story and then answer the following questions.
    1. How did Ruth and Naomi’s friendship demonstrate loyalty and support, especially in difficult times?
    2. What does this story tell us about God? People? You?
  3. All throughout the Bible there is emphasis on the importance of friendship and community. Read the following verses and then answer the following questions.
    1. Proverbs 18:24.
    2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.
    3. Proverbs 27:9.
    4. John 15:13.
    5. 1 Corinthians 15:33.
    6. Proverbs 17:17.
    7. Proverbs 27:17.
    8. Proverbs 13:20.
    9. 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
    10. What stuck out to you most in these verses?
    11. With these verses in mind, is the Lord prompting you to do anything specific in your friendships this week? 

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else shared in this discussion that struck a chord with you.
  2. Break up for prayer, preferably men with men and women with women if possible.

 

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