The Best Kind of Friends

Scripture: Proverbs 5,7,12-15,17,19-23,27-29,31

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn we need to behave in certain godly ways to have the best relationships with our friends and family.
  • Students will learn although Solomon did not make the best choices when it came to his friends and family (He had 700 wives and 300 concubines!), God gave him the wisdom to give important advice to others about friends and family.
  • Students will learn God’s advice is as practical and helpful today as it was several thousand years ago during the time of Solomon.
  • Students will learn how to describe the qualities a good friend should have.

Guiding Question: Why does God want us to have godly people in our life?

Materials: Large paper, pencils, markers, crayons

Procedure: Review various Proverbs from the scriptures above (can select some that you believe will be most applicable to the students you are working with). Remind students that the Proverbs serve as godly advice and encouragement. This advice was practical and used thousands of years ago and is still relatable today. Explain that if you are struggling, it is smart to look to the Bible for advice and turn to someone in your life who you look up to as a godly role model for advice and wisdom. These people will encourage you to live in a godly way so that you can have the best life and relationships possible.

Introduce the activity. Have the students work individually or in pairs. Give each pair a large piece of paper (can trace one of them for the body). First have them add everything they think makes a great friend. This could be words for qualities or a drawing of something they enjoy doing with friends. Then looking at various Proverbs, have them add words and pictures to create the “perfect” friend. Pull the class back together to discuss the pros and cons of their choices.

Additional Questions: How can students highlight godly characteristics of their peers?

Supplemental Activity: Give each student a paper plate and have them write their name in the middle. Have the students pass the paper plate to all of their peers and have their peers use descriptive words to describe the godly attributes of their friends.

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