Week 1 - April 2
We all love to be surrounded by people who agree with us and have our backs, right? There’s strength and safety in numbers—unless those we’re surrounded by are headed in the wrong direction. When it comes to friends, we can either cruise aimlessly through life or we can befriend those who will help keep us on the best path. Solomon, the writer of most of Proverbs, encourages us to use caution when choosing our friends. As we unpack this truth, we’ll discover that if we want to follow Jesus, we need the right companions for the journey.
Week 2 - April 9
Frodo had Gandalf. The Karate Kid had Mr. Miyagi. Luke Skywalker had Yoda. This week, we’ll turn our focus from choosing our peer groups to the importance of having step- ahead mentors. The fact is, there are loads of things we have no idea that we don’t know. So this week, we may just find that having someone older and wiser who walks through life alongside us, offering encouragement and wisdom, can not only help us, but can also make us stronger and better in our lives and faith.
Week 3 - April 16
Some friendships are forever, but many last only for a season. In middle school, you experience so many ups and downs— including friendships that come and go. Maybe you’re no longer at the same school. Maybe you’re on different sports teams now. As you grow up, it’s normal to gravitate toward new people with similar interests as you. It’s okay to say goodbye to friends—it happens. Here’s what the apostle Paul knew, and what we should know too: Even when friendships fade, you can choose to do what’s right. You don’t always get to choose how long friendships last, but you do get to choose how to respond when they end.