“As Iron Sharpens Iron…”

The summer camping ministry is in full swing at Camp Yolijwa.  The theme this year is “Iron Sharpens Iron” and is based on Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”  The directors of each week then take the main theme and make up a sub-theme that is age-appropriate.

The 8th grade directors and core staff developed the sub-theme, “Do you know your BFF? (Bible Friendship Facts).” One thing we’ve come to realize is that middle schoolers don’t make the greatest friends.  So in order for them to understand this verse, they need to know what a friend should look like.

I’ve been working on the lessons for the Bible class, as I’m getting excited to teach these 8th graders what kind of friend Jesus is, and what kind of friend He is calling them (and us) to be.

Each day of the week features a characteristic of a friend and an example of that characteristic through a friendship in Scripture.  Maybe I will do a sermon series on this in the fall, but for now I thought I would give you the characteristics and Biblical references so you can evaluate what kind of friend you are:

Monday: Loyalty based on David and Jonathon (1 Samuel 20:1-42). The memory verse is Proverbs 18:24 — “There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

Tuesday: Accountability based on David and Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-25).  The memory verse is Proverbs 27:17 — “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

Wednesday: Commitment based on the story of Ruth and Naomi. (It’s a short story; you can read the whole thing in the book of Ruth.) The memory verse is Ruth 1:16b — “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

Thursday: Sacrifice.  Jesus is our friend.  (I’ll be teaching on the need of a savior and what Jesus did for us.)  The memory verse is John 15:13 — “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Friday: Helpfulness based on the four friends who carried their paralytic friend to see Jesus (Luke 5:17-26).  The memory verse is Ecclesiastes 4:9 — “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.”

Pastor Stef

 

 

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