A Bible Study in Proverbs is not easy, because the proverbs are often fairly common-sensical, but they are meant to be chewed on and pondered, and a group discussion is a chance to do just that and think through their application to our lives.
Before starting, listen to this talk from Vaughan Roberts
True friendship is Close
Read Prov. 18:24
- Proverbs often draw a contrast in the two halves of the verse. What are the contrasts implied here between a man’s companions and a true friend?
- What in today’s world makes close friendship hard?
True friendship is Constant
Read Prov. 17:17, and note the contrast with the fair-weather friendship of Prov. 19:4-7
- Why do we find it hard to show constancy in friendship?
- What would it look like in practice?
True friendship is Candid
Read Prov. 27:5,6,9
- What keeps us from speaking the truth to our friends?
- What keeps us from accepting the truth from our friends?
Read Prov. 27:9,17
- As well as candid rebuke, friends offer constructive counsel. How practically can we seek to be “as iron sharpening iron” in our friendships?
True friendship is Careful
Read Prov. 16:28, 17:9, 29:5
- What spoils true friendship? What other things might we add?
True friendship is Christ-centred
Read John 15:13-15
- How does the friendship of Jesus meet our needs?
- How do we see in him the qualities mentioned above?
- What is the particular challenge to us to be a better friend?