friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates
close friends." Prov.16:28
who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats
the matter separates close friends." Prov.17:9
come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like
family." Prov.18:24 MSG
who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will
have the king for his friend." Prov.22:11
not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate
with one easily angered." Prov. 22:24
a wise friend's timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped
on your finger." Prov.25:12 MSG
from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."
and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness
of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel."
use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another."
passages written thousands of years ago by King Salomon describe
in beautiful poetic language the significance of true friendship.
friend is someone who loves you unconditionally and permanently.
One who covers over your offenses and finds ways of building
you up. A true friendship goes beyond the superficialities
of shallow relationships because it is grounded in truth.
A truth that sometimes is uncomfortable, even painful, but
at the end it transforms you into a better person.
We all need a few friends in life with whom we can share our
struggles and our victories, our doubts and our faith. Even
Jesus of Nazareth, during his short ministry life focused
his energies in developing a small group of close friends.
They were disciples, followers, apostles and servants, but
more importantly he called them friends.
no longer call you servants, because a servant does not
know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from my Father I have made
known to you." Jn. 15:15
Out of his twelve disciples, Jesus chose three: John, Peter
and James to be with him in the most crucial moments of his
life. Jesus related to this three as part of His inner circle.
They were the only ones who saw Him in the Mount of Transfiguration;
he invited them inside the room when He healed the daughter
of Jarius, and when he was in Gethsemane right before His
death, He left the nine disciples and invited the three from
the inner circle to go beyond with Him in the garden.
Jesus also had a few women friends, who followed Him closely
during His ministry: Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna .Lk.
8:2. They were with Him in the most difficult moments of His
life. Even when the men abandoned him, these women were with
Him until the end during His passion, his death and his resurrection.
Jesus modeled for us the need to focus on a few key friends.
This is what the Great Commission is all about: Making friends
major commitments of the friends of Jesus:
Love: "We are committed to loving Jesus, our families,
our friends, our cities and our world with His love."
love has no one than this: that he lay down his life
for his friends." Jn. 15:13
Truth: "We are committed to reading, meditating,
memorizing and applying the word of God to our daily
lives as disciples of Jesus Christ."
you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever
you wish, and it will be given you." Jn.15:7
Obedience: "We are committed to obeying the word
of God. We will hold each other accountable to live
a godly lifestyle, and to fulfill the Great Commission
by making disciples of all nations."
you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just
as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in
go and make disciples of all nations
to obey everything I have commanded you." Mt. 28:19-20
is a J3
A group of two or three friends who meet weekly with Jesus
as their leader.
Committed to reading the same book of the Bible, a minimum
of one chapter a day and writing one verse.
Committed to doing at least four weekly journal entries in
their journals (J1) and a weekly family night or J2.
Committed to a lifestyle of: Love, truth and obedience to
the Lord Jesus Christ and committed to answering the weekly
5) Committed to praying for at least six friends of peace,
sharing their faith regularly and multiplying the group when
a fourth person is added.
should join a J3?
person, who has a deep desire to grow spiritually and is committed
to faithfully doing the weekly homework, can be invited to
join a J3.
Group: J3 Protocol
Remember the J3 is a high commitment meeting: we try not
to cancel the meeting at all.
2) Attend your meeting punctually with your Bible, a pen
and your journal, and come ready to share with your friends.
3) If for some reason you cannot participate in the J3,
contact the facilitator ahead of time and let him know you
cannot meet at the scheduled time and offer at least two
other possibilities when you can meet. The group facilitator
will confirm the new scheduled time.
4) The group will try to accommodate to your schedule. A
J3 has high flexibility. The group may decide to meet over
the phone instead of face to face. But we try not to cancel
the meeting unless there is an illness or emergency.
5) At least every quarter you can evaluate your participation
in the group and exit the group if you need to.
What are you thankful for this week?
the presence of Jesus with
Very short prayers like
you are here
love you and thank you for
want to meet with you
acknowledge you as our head
are the way
How are you growing in your relationship with Jesus (J1)
and with your family (J2)? Tell us about your love letters.
Where are you in your Bible reading? Share with us some
specific Scriptures where God is speaking to you. How are
you obeying Him?
Have you faced any temptations this week? How did you overcome
them? Any sins you need to confess: pride, rebellion, unforgiveness,
anger, sexual, financial, disobedience, lies?
have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but
Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself
for me." Gal.2:20
Have you prayed consistently for your friends of peace and/or
have you shared your faith with them this week? With whom
are you committed to share your faith this week? Can you
invite them to our group?
How can we pray for you? Let's pray for the friends of peace
by name, for Jesus to reveal Himself to them and for them
to believe. Is. 53:1
Write the names of the six persons of peace you are praying