The Friends of Jesus - Bible Study Book
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The Friends of Jesus - Bible Study Book

Karen Kingsbury (Author)

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In this six-session study, Karen Kingsbury explores six people in the life of Jesus and the depth of friendship that is found with each one.

After a life of loneliness, Simon the Leper discovered true friendship with Jesus and became a person full of gratitude. Martha is known for her busyness and work ethic, but she also learned to worship through her friendship with Jesus. Saturated in legalism, Jairus was a religious and synagogue leader who learned much more about his beliefs and what it means to value relationships over religion. Mary Magdalene came to personally know her Savior, Jesus. Her life then was marked by devotion as a friend and follower of Jesus. And, Peter, a man of both faith and failure, challenges the reader to step up after failure and become a person of obedience and commitment to Jesus. Finally, the Bible study closes with the life and friendship of John. This beloved disciple and friend of Jesus begins his journey with Jesus as one of the sons of thunder, but transforms into a man marked by humility and love.

All six of these friends of Jesus bring a variety of experiences and examples that show the ups and downs of friendship – and remind us that true friendship is worth the time and commitment involved through those challenging and joyful times. Most of all, this Bible study reminds readers that Jesus is the greatest friend they could ever have. He is your Savior and your Lord, now make Him your friend.

Sessions Topics Include:

  • Simon the Leper: Gratitude
  • Martha: Worship
  • Jairus: Belief
  • Mary Magdalene: Devotion
  • Peter: Obedience
  • John: Humility


  • Interactive teaching video approximately 25-30 minutes each week
  • Biblically rooted and gospel-centered on the friends of Jesus
  • Leader material (guides to questions and discussion with small group)
  • Personal study segments in member book to complete between group sessions set up in daily format but can we used at the leisure of the learner
  • Each week focuses on a friend of Jesus (Simon the Leper, Martha of Bethany, Jairus, Mary Magdalene, Peter, John)
  • Includes excerpts from Karen Kingsbury’s book The Friends of Jesus using storytelling to relate the scripture and characters


  • Focus on the gospel of Jesus and learn to recognize the power of forgiveness in forging real relationships
  • Believe that your broken relationships can be the background for beautiful redemption
  • Escape loneliness and enjoy deep friendship with Jesus
  • Embrace Jesus as a friend, not only Savior and Lord
  • Find new life in the fertile soil of friendship with Jesus and with others
  • Overcome busyness and distraction by finding friendship at the feet of Jesus
  • Trade sickness and shame for a second chance at a soul connection with others through Christ
Item Number 005727069
Length 9.50
Binding Paperback
Language English
Medium Format Paperback
Height 0.40
ISBN13 9781430040224
Publisher LifeWay Christian Resources
ISBN10 143004022X
Contributors Karen Kingsbury (Author)
Publication Date 2015-07-15
Type Study Guide
Width 7.00
Pages 176
Product Group Bible Study

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