The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Exodus 33:11 (NIV)

Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?

2 Chronicles 20:7

But you, Israel, my servant Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend . . .

Isaiah 41:8

Abraham believed God . . . and he was called a friend of God.

James 2:23

Questions for Small Group Study

Chapter 16 – Friendship

  1. Read the Scriptures together on page 155, at the beginning of the chapter. What is the common theme of each of those Scriptures? How did they strike you as you read them?
  2. The author of the book wondered whether people really want to be friends of God, or whether they are so uncomfortable with God that they can’t think of being in that close of a relationship with Him. Discuss that issue.
  3. Look at the five descriptors in the middle of page 159. Do you sense that you are adopted as a son or daughter, that you are a son or daughter of God, that you are a child of God, that you are an heir of God, and that you are a fellow heir with Christ? Are those phrases you would use to describe yourself? If so, why? If not, why not?
  4. Go to page 160 and read aloud the personal declaration.