David and Jonathan had a powerful connection against all odds. Their story teaches us four things that make for great friendships.

Key Points:

  • Great friendships require great commitment. (1 Samuel 18:1-4.)
  • Great friendships involve great risk. (1 Samuel 20:8.)
  • Great friendships include God. (1 Samuel 23:15-18.)
  • Great friendships reflect great love. (2 Samuel 1:25-26.)

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Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

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David’s Heart of Friendship

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some differences between friends, buddies, and acquaintances?
  3. Read Proverbs 20:6. Why is commitment an element of great friendships?
  4. How has a friend shown great commitment to you?
  5. Why is risk an element of great friendships?
  6. Read Proverbs 17:17. What are some situations when the loyalty of a friend will be tested?
  7. How are Christian friendships like and unlike non-Christian friendships?
  8. Why do many Christian friendships fail to include God in any significant way?
  9. Read Proverbs 27:17. What are some ways that your Christian friends sharpen you?
  10. In what ways is friendship actually an expression of love?
  11. Read 2 Samuel 1:25-26. Is there anyone outside your family who would lament you like this when you die? Explain.
  12. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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