Friend:   (gr)  philos:  friend, to be friendly to one, wish him well

(Hebrew)  Reya`:  friend, companion, fellow, another person                                                             

(On-line Strong's Greek Concordance)

I.  BEING A FRIEND 

a.  Proverbs 17:17  What does a friend do? 

b.  Proverbs 18:24  What does a friend do?

c.  Proverbs 27:17  What does a friend do?

d.  What are some common characteristics in these passages about having and being a friend?

II.  FRIENDS OF CHRIST

a.  Who was Jesus accused of being friendly with? (Matthew 11:19)   

b.  Who did Jesus Identify as His friends? (John 15:13-15)

c.  How did Jesus say a friend shows his greatest love?

d.  Why did Jesus identify the disciples as friends? 

III.  FRIENDS OF GOD  

a.  Who was described as a friend of God? (James 2:23)

b.  What actions made him a friend of God? 

c.  Can we also be friends of God?   How?

IV.  Application:   Friendship is a real blessing and requires work.  Friendship needs to be in a proper perspective in order to be blessed by God (Micah 7:5-7)  What does scripture declare is to be the right priority of a friendship?

  May 2018  
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