Faithfulness: The Foundation of True Friendship

Faithfulness: The Foundation of True Friendship

by Jacalyn Eyre, Jack Kuhatschek, Stephen Eyre
     
 

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We all need faithful friends--people who accept us as we are, who seek our best interests, and who stick with us in a crisis. Yet being a faithful friend is more important than finding one. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study looks at six essential qualities we need to become faithful friends. These qualities help us lay a foundation for lasting relationships. The

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We all need faithful friends--people who accept us as we are, who seek our best interests, and who stick with us in a crisis. Yet being a faithful friend is more important than finding one. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study looks at six essential qualities we need to become faithful friends. These qualities help us lay a foundation for lasting relationships. The eight-volume Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies series not only helps you discover what the Bible says about the vital traits that the Holy Spirit produces in believers, but also moves you beyond reflection and discussion to application. Designed for use in small groups or personal devotions, the interactive format will help you grow in your ability to reflect the character of Jesus. Revised to include: Expanded leader’s notes Between-studies applications Suggestions for prayer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310238638
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Fruit of the Spirit Bible StudiesSeries Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Faithfulness

The Foundation of True Friendship
By Jacalyn Eyre

Zondervan

Copyright © 2001 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23863-3


Chapter One

A COMMITMENT TO BE THERE

Ruth 1

There is an old saying that when times are hardest you know who your friends are. That summarizes the first chapter of the book of Ruth.

Naomi's situation was at its worst. She had lost her husband and sons, which meant that she had also lost her source of income, security, and identity. She was without hope. It is at this point that Ruth, her daughter-in-law, does an astonishing thing-she decides to stay with Naomi. Ruth demonstrates a commitment to be there.

Warming Up

1. Why is faithfulness an important quality in friendship?

Digging In

2. Read Ruth 1. What do we learn about Naomi in verses 1-5?

3. Ruth and Orpah are introduced as Naomi's daughters-in-law (v. 4). What basis do these three women have for mutual trust (vv. 1-5)?

4. Consider a time when you shared a difficult experience with someone. How did it strengthen your friendship?

5. What do verses 6-13 reveal about Naomi's relationship to God?

6. When you have faced a painful experience, how has it affected your attitude toward God?

7. The famine is over, and Naomi prepares to return to Bethlehem with her daughters-in-law. Why does Naomi encourage Ruth and Orpah to stay in Moab (vv. 8-14)?

8. What cost does Naomi face by encouraging Ruth and Orpah to stay in Moab?

How do both Ruth and Orpah show faithfulness to Naomi by their different responses?

9. What does it cost you to be faithful to those you love?

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Jacalyn Eyre is coauthor (with her husband, Stephen) of the LifeGuide Matthew: Being Discipled by Jesus and is a contributor to the NIV Serendipity Bible for Study Groups. She and her husband live in Ohio.

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