Suggested Icebreaker:  Have you ever been betrayed by a trusted friend?  Do you have a friend that has stuck with you even when things were at their worst?

Topic: God’s Not Dead

*Watch the Session 3 video clip and read 2 Corinthians 6:14

1.  Can you name some friends who hold similar faith and values to your own?  List some of the characteristics that bind you together.

2.  How does sharing a faith walk make it easier to stand for Jesus?

3.  Have you ever had a friend with whom you had significant differences?  What made that friendship great?  What made it difficult?

4.  How do we balance our call to love people, no matter where they are in their faith, with the very distinct call to be separated from the world?

5.  Although the passage in 2 Corinthians refers to believers and nonbelievers specifically, might it also be applied to Christians in different stages of faith?  Why or why not?

6.  Is it possible to retain all your friendships and still stand firmly for Christ?  Which is more important, the friendship or your relationship with Christ?

7.  If a significant person (ie. best friend, parent, etc.) in your life is very opposed to a stand you are taking for Jesus, how should you proceed?

8.  In assessing your current friendships, do you find yourself “unequally yoked” with any of them?  How do you want to proceed?

9.  Who are your closest friends?  Do they share a similar commitment to Jesus?

10.  When we find ourselves in friendships that are clearly a negative influence on us, how can we make changes?  What are the possible consequences of making those changes?  What are the possible consequences of not making them?

11.  Consider the following:  Who is holding me back in my walk with Christ?  Who am I holding back?

 

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