Friendship

What are the qualities of a good friend? Let's find the answer together, as we examine different Bible characters and their examples of friendship.

Kids and Sunday School Resources

Projects and Activities

  • God as our Best Friend - The article, Our #1 Relationship, and a great swap shop activity, Who is God?, are a wonderful starting points for teaching children and teens that God is our best friend.
  • Match the Friends from the Bible
  • Practical Tips on Friendship - (For Teens) A review of the Practical Tips in the True Friendship article. Many discussion questions, topics and ideas are listed.
  • True Friendship - (For Teens) The article True Friendship examines how to improve our friendships with others. Have students talk about the discussion questions to make the concepts relevant to their own lives.

Fun and Games

  • Coloring Page - Paul and His Friend Silas
  • Coloring Page - The Good Samaritan Caring for the Injured Man
  • The Good Samaritan (Crossword) - Fit words from the story of the Good Samaritan into the puzzle
  • How Are Your Attitudes? - Read about having attitudes of love, joy, peace, patience etc. then find your way through each fruit of the Spirit
  • John, the Disciple Jesus Loved - Answer the questions about John the beloved disciple and then find the answers in the hidden words.
  • Jonathan's Secret Code - Use morse code to decode Jonathan's messages to David when King Saul wanted to hurt David
  • Love One Another - A fun coloring project and cut out heart about loving one another
  • True Friends - Find out what Jonathan said to David by circling the capital letters in the winding list, and then writing them in order on the spaces below.

Read a Story

David and Jonathan
Read I Samuel 19 and 20

The Good Samaritan
Read Luke 10: 30-37

The Twelve Disciples
Read Luke 5 & 6

Ruth and Naomi
Read Ruth

Listen to a Story

Holy Land Tours

  • Jericho to Jerusalem - Jesus is tempted in the wilderness, parable of the good Samaritan, the story of Jesus' birth, judges holding court at city gates, Abraham and Isaac sacrifice
  • Moab - Moses and the Children of Israel, Balaam and his donkey and the angel, Herod's sons, John the Baptist is imprisoned, Ruth and Naomi

Adult and Teen Resources

Articles — Everyday Living

  • Be An Angel: Show Others Their Greatness - Will you be an angel and show others their goodness? Then accept your own innocence, too.
  • Drop the Agenda - What would happen if we dropped our agenda and right there, in the moment of intensity, we loved?
  • True Brotherhood - Jesus had an immediate bond with the people he met; they became a part of his brotherhood. We can also form brotherhoods with the people we meet by thinking of others as children of God, loving them like siblings, and respecting them.
  • True Friendship - Friends help define and shape who we are and who we become. Yet, finding the people we want around us can be a challenge. Instead of searching for better friends, try being a better friend.

Healing Messages — Everyday Living

Relationships — Teen Time

  • True Brotherhood - Jesus had an immediate bond with the people he met; they became a part of his brotherhood. We can also form brotherhoods with the people we meet by thinking of others as children of God, loving them like siblings, and respecting them.
  • True Friendship - Friends help define and shape who we are and who we become. Yet, finding the people we want around us can be a challenge. Instead of searching for better friends, try being a better friend.

Making a Difference — Teen Time

  • Giving Gifts that Touch Lives - Need gift ideas? Here are gifts to give to yourself, your friends, and even to opponents or enemies, which can bring peace and healing.
  • Surviving Group Projects - How to Survive Group Projects, a lesson from the Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost.
  • Use Tech to Spread Good - Here are ways to use social media to appreciate and help others and stop the hurt.