Unlikely Friends

Enrich your life by making friends with those who are different than you are.

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Overview

Having been created in the image of a relational God, each of us needs a variety of relationships. One of the sweetest relationships we can experience is a close friendship. Typically, close friends are defined by their similarities, the common ties that bind or draw them together. Amy Nappa, in an article for TODAY’S CHRISTIAN WOMAN, challenges us to look beyond similarities with others to find potential friendships all around us. This study encourages us to move beyond our comfort zones, to form unlikely and enriching friendships.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 33:11; Ruth 1:15–18; 1 Samuel 23:15–18; John 4:1–42; Acts 15:36–41; 1 Peter 5:1–7

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Choosing to reach out to our opposites, or even our adversaries, may be spiritually challenging but full of blessing and renewal.
Teaching point two: Friendships can flourish across generations.
Teaching point three: Our most enriching friendship is found in Jesus Christ, and we can gain wisdom from seeing how he loved his friends.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM TODAY'S CHRISTIAN WOMAN

    • Different by Design, by Amy Nappa (January/February 2003, 11 printed pages)

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