Have Those Friends, Be That Friend

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Friend Game
(Get two people who think they are pretty good friends and ask them to both answer questions. First question you would have person A answer, and person B put what they think person A is going to put. Then you have them reveal their answer at the same time. It can be pretty funny. Then you let them guess person B's answer on the next question. I had them use small dry erase boards.)
Favorite Sandwich
Biggest Accomplishment
Favorite Movie
Biggest Fear
Favorite Restaurant
Favorite Superhero
This leads into a few biblical examples of friends. This is a springboard for this topic. Obviously there is a lot that you can add around the following points, but I just put the base info.
Job 2 - Friends That Comfort You
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
Mark 2 - Friends That Carry You
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Daniel 3 - Friends That Stand With You
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
John 15 - Friends That Love You
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Closed with this illustration:
Three things happened when the paralyzed man was brought to Jesus in the arms of his friends.
  1. Jesus forgave the paralyzed man.
    • And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
    • It’s interesting to note that Jesus forgave him when he saw "their faith."
  2. Jesus healed the paralyzed man.
  3. Jesus put the haters in their place, and amazed them.
    • Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

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