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.