Equal Opportunity Friendships

Equal Opportunity Friendships

It’s a joy to have all kinds of friends.

Overview

Where is it written that friends have to be carbon copies of us? When we were children the predominant factor in choosing friends was geographical location. Whoever lived nearby was a potential friend. But as we grew up, our worlds became larger. When we reached adulthood, we found we could become friends with people of different cultures and ages. Can we learn from those who are older than we are? Do we have anything to offer those who are younger than we are? Can we be friends with those who don't share our beliefs? This study will look at what these friendships can offer.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:3; John 15:5,15; Acts 10:1–33; James 2:23; Titus 2:3–5

LEADER'S GUIDE

• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Friendship is God's idea.

Teaching point two: Passing on life experiences can be enriching.

Teaching point three: Cultural lines can be crossed for friendships.

Teaching point four: It's okay if some friends don't share your beliefs.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM TODAY'S CHRISTIAN WOMAN

Unexpected Friends, by Camerin J. Courtney (November 1996, 11 printed pages)

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