Thursday, April 10, 2014

LifeWay Explore the Bible: Forge Godly Friendships

Friendships are so important in all our lives. They are a basic human need. We love friends who are authentic, loyal, and patient with us. Not only should we look for friends who exhibit these qualities, but we should strive to be this kind of friend. This week's LifeWay Explore the Bible: Forge Godly Friendships, is a great subject for the Sunday prior to Easter!

Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4

As believers, our friends at church are established in two places -- in our ongoing Bible study groups and in the places we serve. If you will reflect on the friends you have at church you will discover that these two places are the primary places where you have established strong friends.

This is why Bible study groups are so vital. For many, this is the entry point for building strong friendships. If friendships aren't established here, most likely people will drift away. Friendships are also vital to reaching the unchurched. The most effective mode of outreach is the personal invitation from friend or family member. 

I pray that you will use this study to emphasize the value of your group in providing a place for friendships to develop and thrive. Also emphasize the value that friendships bring to reaching people for Christ. We know that most people will at least attend church if only a friend will invite them. We are those friends for the lost! Easter is a great time to invite them!

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