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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

October 23, 2009

What the Bible Says about Friends

Assign the following activity on friendship. First, say:

In the Old Testament, Moses, Joshua, and David were call called "servants" or "slaves" of Yahweh. In the New Testament, Jesus refers to people as friends: "I know longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father" (Jn 15:15)

Have the students complete the following steps:
 1. Read each of these Scripture passages about friendship:
Deuteronomy 13:6-11; Job 2:11; Proverbs 17:17: Sirach 6:14-17; Sirach 9:10; Sirach 13:1; Sirach 22:22; Sirach 37:4-6; Luke 15:9; John 15:12-13; Galatians 6:1-22; 2 Timothy 1:1-4
 2. Write about two or three passages that resonated with you.

 3. Write your own definition of friendship.

When everyone has completed these steps, lead a discussion on the meaning of friendship.

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