Where is it written?
Read 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 1 Samuel 20:1-42, 2 Samuel 1:26 and 2 Samuel 9:1-17.
What do you notice about David and Johnathon’s relationship?
What risks did each take for each other?
How did they show loyalty to each other?
How did they show affection towards each other?
What might David and Johnathon’s relationship teach us about friendship?
Some modern readers have suggested that David and Johnathon were in a same-sex sexual relationship because of their open displays of affection. Others, including Pastor Andrew, would say that such a conclusion is imposing our own hyper-sexualized cultural assumption onto our reading of the Bible, especially as there is no direct biblical evidence of a sexual relationship between David and Johnathon. What do YOU think?
How goes your walk?
Do you think friendship is getting harder to find and maintain today than it used to be? Why or why not?
What, if anything, keeps you from pursuing deeper friendships?
What steps are you taking to form and deepen the friendships in your life?
How does knowing Jesus as a friend help to deepen your purely human friendships too?