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What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

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What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Sunshine on 17th June 2013, 5:57 pm

My youth group is starting a series of discussions with the beginning title, "What does it mean to..." We're discussing things that Christians are "supposed to do" but really aren't understood in our culture.  So I thought I'd post the same discussion topics here, and see what comments you guys have too.

Last time we did the topic, "What does it mean to... be a friend?"

A few things that we discussed were:

  • Can we have non-Christian friends?
  • How can we specifically be friends, and be a testimony for Christ with non-Christians?
  • What are the benefits of having a close friend(s)?
  • Are there some disadvantages to have close friends?
  • In the mid or late (I can't remember which specifically) 1900's, people would probably have at least 3-4 very close friends.  Now people only have 1 or possibly 2 (if any!) really close friends.  Thoughts?  (Maybe we aren't meant to have an audience of 500 "friends" for everything we say aka facebook/social media?)
  • How do we have friends, while not finding our whole identity in our friends (we need our identity to be in Christ!)?


What are your thoughts?  Feel free to post them below.  Smile


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Re: What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Sko on 17th June 2013, 9:57 pm

Quick note, I don't consider my opinion to be definitive, or even close, on these matters. Feel free to contest any of this. That aside...


Can we have non-Christian friends?


I'd venture a "yes", because if we're going to evangelize, we need to get to know non-Christians. But, as always, be careful.

What are the benefits of having a close friend(s)?

Sometimes, you need people to talk to. People who can help you out emotionally, who you can help out in return. Having close friends is extremely anti-prideful, too.

How do we have friends, while not finding our whole identity in our friends (we need our identity to be in Christ!)?

Make God your goal, instead of pleasing your friends. It's all a matter of priorities, and our natural sinfull state is invalid.


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Post by godisawesomeness99 on 17th June 2013, 11:40 pm

it means that you have to stick by them no matter what Very Happy


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Re: What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Thor's Hammer on 18th June 2013, 6:24 pm

[*]Can we have non-Christian friends?
[*]Yes I have a lot of them
[*]How can we specifically be friends, and be a testimony for Christ with non-Christians? Being different not laughing at certain jokes. Not commenting on certain things they say.
[*]In the mid or late (I can't remember which specifically) 1900's, people would probably have at least3-4 very close friends.  Now people only have 1 or possibly 2 (if any!) really close friends.  Thoughts?  (Maybe we aren't meant to have an audience of 500 "friends" for everything we say aka facebook/social media?)
[*]I only have a few friends and no particularly close friends so no comment
[*]How do we have friends, while not finding our whole identity in our friends (we need our identity to be in Christ!)?Hmmm



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Re: What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Maria on 18th June 2013, 9:08 pm


  • Q:Can we have non-Christian friends?
  • A:I have a few, i try not to be "buds" because they influence me other wise.....
  • Q:How can we specifically be friends, and be a testimony for Christ with non-Christians?
  • A:We can shine our light, we dont always have to "preach", it should be obvious that we are Christians, plus when their trapped in their sin, thats a great way to see them get saved
  • Q:What are the benefits of having a close friend(s)?
  • A:When i am stuck, my christian friends help me get closer to God, even through the tough times, PLUS they rejoice with me in times of joy
  • Q:Are there some disadvantages to have close friends?
  • A:When they treat you differently for a sin you did or they tell people your secrets on "accident" Rolling Eyes
  • Q:In the mid or late (I can't remember which specifically) 1900's, people would probably have at least 3-4 very close friends.  Now people only have 1 or possibly 2 (if any!) really close friends.  Thoughts?  (Maybe we aren't meant to have an audience of 500 "friends" for everything we say aka facebook/social media?)
  • A: I have a few best best friends, some online, but most in real life, generally, if your gonna be my friend, i'll get close to you, other wise, your more of an acquittance. 
  • Q:How do we have friends, while not finding our whole identity in our friends (we need our identity to be in Christ!)?
  • A: I try remembering that i need to be who God wants me to be, not trying to be like my friend, but being like Christ


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Re: What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Amarinda on 8th July 2013, 7:01 pm

I think if you have non christian friends you could have them so you could tell them about Jesus my youth leader said something about that. my youth group had a bible caring chalinge where they had to carry there Bibles wherever they went and one girl some kids at her school because of her caring her Bible gave there lives to Jesus.




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Re: What Does It Mean to... Be a Friend?

Post by Thor's Hammer on 9th July 2013, 3:09 pm

That is kind of like missionary dating which it is hard. Most of the people in my homeschooling are non-believers and it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to stay different. Missionary befriending is not very advisable. I would prefer to tell some one I don't know well about Christ than someone I know well.



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