If you tried to define friendship based only on what you see on Instagram, you might think #friendship was all about group hugs, selfies with your bestie, or tagging each other in your favorite memes. But real friendship isn’t so picture-perfect. In August, we’ll be challenged to build the kind of friendships that go beyond the surface: the kinds of friendships we need when times get tough. We’ll look at three key friendships in Scripture as well as the friendship God offers us through Jesus, and we’ll see that godly friendships can shape us, heal us, and purify us—especially during difficult times.
Week 1: In the fire, true friendships can be forged.
Week 2: In the fire, true friendships can be healing.
Week 3: In the fire, true friendships can be purifying.
Week 4: In the fire, God’s friendship can be trusted.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to scream, “You’re not the boss of me!” (You can also raise your hand if you have, in fact, actually screamed it.) Especially when we’re teenagers, we tend to push back on the people, places, and things that control and hold authority over us. But here’s the catch: whether we admit it or not, we’ve all given someone (or something) control of our lives. In September, we’ll be challenged to consider who, or what, we’ve allowed to be our boss. Because whether it’s the god of me, the god of stuff, the god of worry, or the god of obsession, we all know what it’s like to have an authority problem.
Week 1: We defeat the god of me by giving up our seat.
Week 2: We defeat the god of stuff by letting go of our things.
Week 3: We defeat the god of worry when we seek God first.
Week 4: We defeat the god of addictions by shifting our attention.
Do you ever felt like you’re putting on a show? Like the person people think you are doesn’t line up with who you really are? Or maybe you’ve been known to put on different personas for different situations: personas that help you fit in with certain crowds, even if those personas don’t reflect who you really want to be. Sound familiar? Of course it does. We can all relate, because at times, we all struggle with the same big questions: Who am I? Who loves me? Why am I here? In October, we’ll find answers to those questions as we discover that in Jesus, we are loved, we are forgiven, we have purpose, and we belong.
Week 1: You are loved.
Week 2: You are forgiven.
Week 3: You have purpose.
Week 4: You belong.