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)

              3.  Praise.

   II.  To be a good friend, we should pick up our friends when they fall.  Eccles. 4:10; Galatians
         6:1-2 (862)

         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.

Closing:  Questions:________________________________________________________________?
                Would you like to be such a friend?