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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Get Real: The Key to Genuine Friendship
Saturday, May 24, 2014

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While today's study passage is written in the context of church relationships, it could be called the gold standard for all relationships—including your relationships with close friends. Whether those relationships take place in a small group, accountability partnership, or at a coffee shop with a few buddies, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 points the way to deep, genuine, and life-changing relationships. Of course, we can't live out the type of love profiled in this passage without first having a genuine relationship with God. As we build a loving relationship with him, his Spirit can empower us to experience the kind of love that changes lives.

  • Think of a time when you were involved with some very talented guys (such as a sports team or men's Bible study) who didn't respect each other. What was that like?
  • List some characteristics of a church that has a lot of gifted, talented people who don't know how to show love. (See vv. 1-3.)
  • According to verses 4 through 7, what are the characteristics of love? What are some examples of ways you've seen men demonstrate these characteristics with one another?
  • Discuss this passage with a few close Christian friends, exploring ways it could be applied to how you treat each other.

Key Study Passage:

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Spend Time in Prayer: Spend a few minutes reflecting on God's love for you. Ask him how you can more consistently and practically express his love to your guy friends.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Love Is the Greatest

13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, impress upon me the need to have genuine friendships with a few trustworthy Christian guys. Show me how to relate to them man-to-man in ways that foster honesty, build community, and promote personal growth.

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