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David and Jonathan’s Special Friendship
For this kiddo activity, you will need your magnets and your note pad.
What do you already know about magnets? Magnets are fun because they stick to some objects and they also stick together. Make your two magnets stick together now.
Hmmm…I wonder how strong these magnets are??? Magnetic fields can go through objects. Let’s test that out right now.
Experiment Time #1: Take your small weak magnet first. Guess how many sticky notes you can stack on top of each other until the magnetic field is too weak to hold the magnet to your fridge, or board, or wherever you will stick your magnet to. Write down your guess. Now test it out and see how many it actually held. For Mrs. Wieneke, my weak magnet could only hold 4 sticky note pieces.
Experiment Time #2: Now try the same thing with your strong magnet.
My strong magnet held the WHOLE note pad!!!
In our video this week, Batman and Robin gave a little more insight into how special the friendship was between David and Jonathan from your Bible story. These two friends loved each other and kept their promises to each other even through difficult times. They had a very strong, loyal friendship.
Sometimes people have friendships that are more like the weak magnets. Maybe you play with someone but they aren’t the kindest friend? Maybe they say things that are mean more often than they say things that are nice? You might play with them but eventually that friendship kind of disappears. It wasn’t strong enough to last.
David and Jonathan’s friendship was like the strong magnet. Once Jonathan learned the truth that his father wanted to hurt David, he risked his life to bring David to freedom because of how much he cared and David in turn kept his promise about looking over Jonathan’s family too. We, like David, need to be saved from our sin and have Jesus who gave up his life so we could be free. Jesus is the strongest friend you could ever have.
Talk with your family about the friends you have in your life. What makes a good friend? How can you be a good friend to others? Do you want weak magnet friendship or a strong magnet friendship? Strong friends tell the truth, accept apologies, ask for forgiveness, and are kind and loving. Thank God for the strong magnet friends in your life and ask him to help you be a good friend to others too.
David and Jonathan had a very strong friendship; Jonathan even makes a covenant with David, and we know how strong covenants are from our lesson on Exodus 19.
- This week, do something with a friend. Friends are a gift from God, he puts them in our lives to walk alongside us! Celebrate the gift of friendship by being with a friend.
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
By Anna Fay
Friends are people whom God has given us to share our lives with. They are people whom we feel comfortable around, and they support us through challenges.
One of the best examples of friendship in the Bible is that of David and Jonathan. They had a very strong, unique bond, as seen in 1 Samuel 18:1, which says, “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” They had a very self-sacrificial friendship: Jonathan eventually sacrifices his future to maintain his friendship with David. Jonathan’s self-sacrificial nature is previewed in verse 4 which says, “Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”
We all long for a friendship like that of Jonathan and David. The kind of friendship where there is wholehearted trust and support between people, and the kind of friendship that lasts, even when mistakes are made. I have been lucky enough to have a friend who has always been there for me. We met on orientation day of young fives, and she is one of my best friends to this day. I have always been able to turn to her and trust her; even when we disagree, we have worked through it. I know that God is constantly working in that kind of friendship.
Another critical aspect of Jonathan and David’s friendship is that it was rooted in God. The Lord was with both of them, but in 1 Samuel 18, we specifically see David’s connection with God. As verse 14 states, “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.” Their connection with God strengthened their friendship and helped it flourish.
High school has been fun because, as students, we have all started to learn what is truly important to us. Instead of becoming friends with everyone on the playground, we find people with similar interests and values as our own. We get involved in sports and clubs and activities through which we find people with similar interests. I have formed countless friendships with people in my classes and on my sports teams, but some of my most meaningful friendships have begun right here at the church, and I’m not just saying that because it’s what you want to hear – I actually mean it.
Sharing something as profound as your faith with another person allows for a deeper connection to form. God works the strongest when his people are together. Having other Christian friends has allowed me to genuinely talk about my fears and failures. It is easier to hold each other accountable when you have the same values and are fighting for the same things. As Proverbs 27:17 states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Unfortunately, we do live in a fallen world, and even the strongest friendships can end for a variety of reasons. We grow and make mistakes, and sometimes it ends our relationships with other people. As a high school senior, I have seen and experienced the effects of broken friendships. No matter the circumstances, it’s incredibly hard to lose trust with and grow apart from someone you know extremely well.
Losing friends is incredibly hard and many people in the world feel incredibly lonely because of it. Although the basic concept of a friend hasn’t changed since David and Jonathan, the way in which we interact with our friends has changed over time. One of the biggest influences now is social media. We are all experiencing friendships in a way that no generation before us has, and, in many cases, it’s too much for our brains to process. We can connect with people all over the world instantly, and yet, the number of people who feel lonely has been increasing.
The good news is that, as Christians, we know that God is always right there with us, even if we feel alone here on earth. No matter how many mistakes we have made, how many people we have betrayed, or how many times we haven’t been there for a friend, nothing is beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness. His love is so much bigger than anything we could ever imagine. As strong as David and Jonathan’s friendship was, and as much as we should model our friendships after it, nothing can compare to the friend we have in Jesus.