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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; John 15:13; Proverbs 17:17; Hebrews 10:24-25; Proverbs 27:17
- Friendship bracelets (If you wanted to you could give one to everyone, or make them together as a craft)
(Show your friendship bracelets.)
Has anyone ever give you one of these before? This is a friendship bracelet. Usually you will make them and then give them out to your friends. Have any of you made them and given them to someone before? (Let them show their bracelets if you want.)
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 that a good friend will stick closer than a brother. We all have acquaintances, friends that we see from time to time but are not very close to us. Those friends are nice to have, but they are not the people who you would call on when you are in trouble or you really need a hand.
A true close friend will stand by your side when no one else will. They will be there for you. They will support you. They will help you. They will even stick closer to you than a family member might. Have you ever had a friend like that?
I hope that you have a friend like that! I also hope that you are a good friend like that to someone! Even if you don’t have a friend that is that close to you we do have a friend in Jesus! He loved us so much that He died for our sin and came to set us free. He will NEVER leave us and never forsake us! He will always be there for us when we face trouble and difficulties.
From time to we may feel lonely like no one cares for us. Always remember that God does care for us and loves us more than anyone else ever could. He is our friend even if we feel like we don’t have any friends at all.
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1 John 4:7-8
John 17:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Peter 3:8
- Bike wheel
(Hold up the bike wheel.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Allow the kids to respond.) That’s right it is a bike wheel. And does anyone know what these are called? (Point to the spokes.) These are the spokes. The spokes job is to hold the wheel together. Here near the rim you see that the spokes are pretty wide apart, but they get closer together as they get closer to the hub.
Let’s pretend that each of you are a spoke on this wheel. What do you think we could pretend the hub is? (Wait for a response.) Let’s make-believe that this hub is God.
Do you know what the interesting thing is? The closer you get to God the closer you get to each other! You may say that you want to get closer to God but you don’t want to get closer to others. Well, it doesn’t work that way!
In 1 John 4:7-8 is says that if you love others then you love God but if you don’t love others you don’t love God. So the more that you love God the more you will also love one another by caring for those that are around you.
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Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:1
- Two knives
(Pull out both knives and sharpen them together as a chef would do.)
Have you ever seen anyone do this before? What are they doing? (Wait for answers.) They are sharpening the knife. If you slide two knives together at the right angle they will actually sharpen each other!
In Proverbs 27:17 it says that friends sharpen each other just like knives can sharpen each other. Did you know that just like iron sharpens iron you can help to sharpen your friends and they can help to sharpen you? You won’t get a sharp edge on you, but you will be closer to God and more courageous and ready to follow God.
How do we sharpen each other? By praying together. By talking about the things that we face and encouraging each other. Sometimes just knowing that someone else is facing the same things that you are makes you feel stronger.
As followers of Jesus we are supposed to go in to the world and share His love with those that are lost, but it is very important that we also have some good friends that follow Jesus that can help to keep us sharp.
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