+ Application Questions
- What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?
- How has last week’s sermon on knowledge been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?
- Why is it particularly challenging for us to go deeper than superficialities in conversation? 1
- What are some things Christians can do to experience true friendship in the context of the local church? What is one next step you will take to better cultivate friendships in your own life (see “24 Ways to Cultivate Friendships” for ideas)?
- Have you experienced disappointments in friendship that led you to become a bit more hard, more closed off, to the vulnerability of friendship? What is the danger to letting this hardness set?
- Our eternal home is a world of friendship, and it’s only for those who are reconciled to God in this life. How should this motivate Christians to share the gospel—the good news of reconciliation through justification because of substitution—with others?
- Think about what you know of Jesus’ character from the Bible. How does he embody the marks of true friendship? Which characteristic most stands out to you?
1 Questions 3–7 are drawn from Drew Hunter, Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018), pages 37, 138, 54, 138, 157, respectively.