Living in The Upside Down with My Best Friend

Purpose for the session:
To know that Jesus understands us and to experience Him as our best friend.

Worship: Listen to the song “Something Good” by Gateway Worship and pray back to God your trust of Him in this season.

Share with the group some things you have come to realize that you don’t really need in your daily life.

Bible Reading:
Mark 6:3 (NIV); Hebrews 4:15 (NIV); Isaiah 53:3 & 5 (NLT); Proverbs 18:24 (TPT); John 15:15 (NIV); Hebrews 4:16 (NIV); John 14:1 (NIV) and Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

Preparation and Discussion for Group Time:

  1. Describe your closest human friendship. What characteristics make it strong? What does Jesus understand about relationships that encourages you in your relationships?
  2. Jesus knows everything about us and still loves us unconditionally. How do these two truths impact your friendship with Him?
  3. Read Hebrews 4:15 (NIV). What are you are currently facing that Jesus also experienced and understands?
  4. What status does Jesus have in your life? Is He your best friend? Or is He just your Sunday God? Consider specific things that are standing in your way of deepening your friendship with Jesus.
  5. The friendship we enjoy with Jesus is meant to be shared by loving others. In what specific ways can you reach out to others in friendship this week?

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Jesus is my best friend who understands all that I am going through. Share one word that describes how  that makes you feel.

Prayer time: Take time to pray for one another – pray for the next person on your screen or in your WhatsApp group. Pray that they would grow in knowing Jesus as their best friend and that they would boldly share that with others.

Others:  “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:9-10 (NLT)

Here is a practical step you can take to be a blessing to others:  Look for items you have in your home that you no longer use.  Think of items that have been stored away that others could make use of. Such as clothing (gently used), furniture, kitchen equipment. Put these items aside to bless others.

Prayer is our first response. How have you and others been impacted by the prayers you have been praying for those who are far from God? Encourage each other to keep praying daily.

Daily Practices to follow: 
Here are some other verses from the Sunday Sermon that tell us about who Jesus is. Click on the link “How to Journal” if this is an area you want to grow in.

  • John 10:27-30 NIV
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 MSG
  • Matthew 1:21 & 23 NLT
  • John 1:14 MSG
  • Hebrews 2: 17-18 MSG

A practical tool to use to understand the Bible is to use Rick Warren’s “40 Days in the Word”. It has an audio and a notes section. Click on this link to see these 4 Parts.

  • Understanding the Meaning of a Biblical Text – Part 1
  • How to Study a Bible Passage – Part 2
  • How to Study a Bible Passage – Part 3
  • How to Study a Bible Passage – Part 4 
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