Leaving our friends is not always easy, even if we know that it is good for us. We enjoy spending time with them and we know they they need Jesus and think maybe our influence in their life with lead them to Christ. What if we didn’t have to count them out as our friends but rather how we spent time with them changed. What if rather than let them bring us down in to sin, we brought them up to a righteous standard of living? What if we began to take the relationship we have and used it to intentionally guide them towards Christ rather than letting them drag us towards sin
1. What friend(s) tends to drag you away from Jesus, instead of towards Him? (Rather than mentioning names, students can note how they tend to spend time together. I.e., in math class, play sports together, family friend, etc).
2. We know bad company corrupts good character. What are some wise changes you can make to limit or eliminate their negative influence?
- Time limits
- Location limits
- Bring a (strong Christian) friend
3. Rather than just limiting their negative influence on you, how might you intentionally amp up your godly influence on them?
- Pray for them
- Intentionally showing them the love of Christ
- Bring them to church
- Don’t hide your own faith
- Invite them with your friends that are good influences
Next week, the gospel will be shared. Lets go around the circle and each pray aloud for the person God has put on our heart. This week, invite them to come next Wednesday. Hang out before church first so that they’re more likely to come with you. Pray for them all week!