HOW TO BE A FRIEND
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (507)
A. Jackie Robinson, first black to play major league baseball, was befriended by teammate
“Pee Wee” Reese.
1. You might be thinking, “I wish I had a friend like that”, or “I’m glad I have a friend
like that.” But I’d like to challenge us to be a friend like that.
B. How do we become a good friend, etc? A passage in Ecclesiastes 4 helps us answer these
questions. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (507)
I. To be a good friend, we should help our friends succeed in life. Eccles. 4:9-10
A. A principle taught by Jesus in Matthew 20: 21,2124-28 (720)
1. Jesus as an example.
B. Several practical suggestions.
1. Pray. Colossians 1:9-14 (970)
2. Encourage. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (873)
II. To be a good friend, we should pick up our friends when they fall. Eccles. 4:10; Galatians
A. When? ____________________________________________________
III. To be a good friend, we should stand up for our friends. Eccles. 4:12 (507)
A. Jonathan and David as an example. 1 Samuel 20:4 (240)
B. When? When he/she is right and when he/she is wrong (illustration and explanation)
IV. How can we prepare to be a good friend?
A. Make a commitment (1 Sam. 20:4,42); willing to take a risk (1Sam. 20:30-33); stand with
friends under all circumstances.
Would you like to be such a friend?