Middle school can be a tough place. Friends spread rumors, exclude others from parties, and refuse to talk to one another. The idea of having a close friend that will stick with you through thick and thin seems impossible. The reasons we become friends with someone in the first place are common interests, convenience, frequency of interaction, and similar stage of life. But are those the best criteria for our friendships? Over the next month, we’re going to help our students evaluate their friendships. We want to tell them, “You can make it through the tough years of middle school as long as you know how to find the right SQUAD.”
Week 1: August 4
Week 1 Bottom Line: Your friendships determine the direction and quality of your life.
Week 1 Scripture: Proverbs 13:20 (NLT):
Week 1 Discussion Questions:
- Why do you think your parents care so much about who you hang out with?
- Think about your group of friends. Are you a wise or unwise influence on that group? How?
- Do you think you are ever a bad influence? If the answer is yes, do you find you ignore good advice a lot?
Week 2: August 11
Week 2 Bottom Line: With a strong inner circle, we can influence without being influenced.
Week 2 Scripture: Luke 10:1–3 (NLT):
Week 2 Discussion Questions:
- In your mind, what is the ideal number of people to have in your inner circle?
- How do you know if someone is the type of person you want in your inner circle of friends?
- Why is it important to be friends with people who may not believe what we believe or live how we live?
Week 3: August 18
Week 3 Bottom Line: Good friends show up, lean in, and make it safe.
Week 3 Scripture: Hebrews 10:24–25 (NLT):
Week 3 Discussion Questions:
- Is encouragement a real need? Share a piece of encouragement you have received.
- What would happen if someone never received encouragement?
- Can you think of a time you really needed encouragement? What happened, and where did you find it?