January 23-29, 2021

Dear Parents,

As we continue our series on building solid spiritual habits, we will be spending this fourth weekend talking about Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and the value of good, healthy friendships.

It takes time and energy to build and keep friendships.

But the investment pays off when we trust our friends, care about them, and want the best for them.

In a healthy friendship, people draw strength from each other—and when we have a group of friends, we can draw even more strength.

As followers of Christ, we’re called to walk together as we follow Jesus—we want to see growth and change in our friends’ lives, not just our own.

Keep the conversation going with your preteen/young teen after the service; here are some questions you could ask:

• How have your friends helped you during the roughest times in life?

• How are your friendships helping you get closer to Jesus or become more like Jesus?

• How is a friendship between two followers of Jesus different from a friendship between two people who aren’t Christ-followers?

Know that I’m praying for you and your family this week!

-Mike

p.s. How’s the “Hanging out with Jesus” going? Remember we have Bible reading resources here. It’s not about being perfect at the habit. It’s about spending time with the person – JESUS!

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