Monday, October 13, 2008

Cultivate Godly Friendships, 1 Samuel 18:1-23:28

Because of the lengthy background passage, I will construct a map and summary slide of the six chapters from 1 Samuel 18:1-23:28 to use in this week’s lesson, “Cultivate Godly Friendships.” I may structure it as a contrast of actions between Saul’s insecurity and David’s security in the Lord, which is an alternate application from the same Scriptures.

Because I’ve noticed a difference in the way men express friendship compared to how women express friendship, I may introduce the lesson using some ideas from the article, “Men, Women, and Friendship.” Some key points include the following:

1. intimacy is crucial to friendship
2. men express intimacy by helping each other
3. men express friendship side-to-side doing things together
4. men’s conversation is not about themselves
5. women share information about themselves face-to-face

6. women support each other conversationally

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