Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Today, let's talk about...
No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 17 I give you these commandments so that you can love each other.
No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. —John 15:13
John knew more than anyone what it was like to be best friends with Jesus. John is known as “the one whom Jesus loved” (John 13:21-30). They were so close that Jesus even entrusted John with his aging mother (John 19:25-27). John and Jesus were BFFs, so the author of this Gospel strongly emphasizes to the readers what Jesus had to say about friendship. In this passage, Jesus defines good friendship through sacrifice and as giving up our lives out of love. Jesus also claims friendship involves trust through being known and sharing deep truths with one another. Reflecting these qualities of friendship to one another is one of the best ways to show God’s love to those around us.
Questions to talk about:
What are some of your friends’ qualities?
How much time do you spend in person with your friends?
How do your friends reflect the love of Jesus to you?
In what ways does friendship involve sacrifice?