Growth Groups Weekly Bible Study – 12.17.17

Advent 4 – BFF Jesus

 BFF Jesus –“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Warm-Up Questions:  Consider one of your life-long friends. What are some of the qualities that helped them become such a friend?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:

BFF Jesus is a Jesus who fits well with our culture of narcissism. He approves, without reservation, our lifestyles and behaviors and is safe for the whole family. He’s the Jesus of pop evangelicalism, which offers little preparation for difficulty and hard times and offers little anchor for the coming cultural storms.

Read Luke 21:14-17

  1. What does Jesus say we can expect from Him when we are opposed by the world (verses 14-15)?
  2. What should we expect from the world instead of friendship (verse 16)?
  3. How will the world treat us as we continue to confess Jesus as Lord (verse 17)?

Read John 15:13-15

  1. How does Jesus describe the relative value of friendship (verse 13)?
  2. What does Jesus say qualifies us to be His friend (verse 14)?
  3. How does Jesus describe the difference between being a friend and a servant (verse 15)?

Read I John 2:15-17

  1. How does John say that we should relate to the world around us (verse 15)?
  2. What three things does John identify as harmful for us (verse 16)?
  3. Of what does John remind us to help keep things in perspective (verse 17)?

Application Questions:

  1. What of all you learned about avoiding a BFF Jesus encourages you most?
  2. When might you share this exciting aspect of your faith with someone this week?

       Almighty God, You have called us to be Your beloved children in Christ Jesus who is the friend of sinners; guide us by the power of the Holy Spirit not to abuse that relationship.

Talk and Pray

Talk with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back.
Pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.