Human – Friendship: David & Jonathan
1 Samuel 18-19
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Friendship builds spirituality in a hostile and destructive world.

  • Friendship limits the effects of evil.
  • Friendship manifests love.
  • Friendship builds on trust.
  • Friendship brings encouragement.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Identify, in your mind, a long-standing friend. What is it about this friendship that has made it constructive and formative in your life?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The presence of Jonathan in David’s life seems to limit or “bracket” the effects of evil. What evil has existed in the chapters prior to 18-19, and what evil exists after? How does Jonathan’s friendship mitigate evil in David’s life? How does it restrain the destructive ways of our world?
  2. Jonathan is commended for loving David “as his own soul” (20:17). Some type of self-interest in human beings is pre-supposed in the Bible, and loving out of this self-interest is commended in Jonathan. What does it mean to love our neighbor as ourselves?
  3. Trust is the foundation of Jonathan’s relationship with David, and ultimately, of any healthy relationship. Review the ways Jonathan and David always sought to engender trust. Ask yourself this question in your friendship(s): is what I am doing/thinking/saying building trust…or eroding trust?
  4. Friendship in the kingdom of God is meant to bring strength and encouragement in the Christian way. How did Jonathan encourage David in 23:15-16? How can you encourage a friend this week?

Taking it Home: Begin praying that God would lead you toward a friend(s), then begin taking some initiatives with people. Ask someone to go on a hike, invite them to an event or serve them in a practical way. Take notice of hints or indicators about what sort of potential this friendship may have. Compare notes with one another in your small group.


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.


Aspen Ridge Church will be celebrating 50 years of serving the mountain community on Saturday, August 6, with a full day of activities. David and Eva Murray will have a table in the lobby this weekend with available volunteer opportunities, and we ask that you sign up for a service project there to let them know how to prepare for the day (lunch is provided). You can also sign up online from our website.


Do you love to sing the old familiar hymns? Please join 2nd Half For Him on Saturday, August 13, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, at Aspen Ridge Church for this lunch and hymn sing. The cost is $8 per person, and the menu is pulled pork with all the trimmings! Register ASAP by mailing payment to Converge Rocky Mountain, 620 Southpark Drive, Littleton, CO 80120, or online at


Mountain Area Pregnancy Center, one of our local missions partners, has a new name and a new office space! They are now Life’s Options Pregnancy Center, and they are hosting an open house, complete with pancake breakfast, on August 20, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Join them at 27888 Meadow Drive, Unit D, in Evergreen, to celebrate and support this vital local ministry.


It’s hard to believe that summer break is in its final month! We will be celebrating a new school year with “move up” weekend on August 20-21. This is the weekend where our children and students will officially graduate to their new classes. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


This week, a group of DV8 middle school students and adult sponsors will be headed to Glorieta, NM, for the CIY MIX event. Please pray for their safety on the roads and for hearts and minds to be open to the words of Christ!


If you are between the ages of 8-12 and have ever wanted to learn to play guitar, this camp is for you! On August 1-4, 9:00 – 10:15 AM, join us for a fun introduction to this amazing instrument. The cost is only $50, and you don’t have to own a guitar to participate. Contact Kerry at [email protected] to sign up.


Maria Stimens would like to invite all present and returning cook teams, and all who might be interested in joining a cook team, to a delicious home-cooked dinner on Wednesday, August 24 at 5:00 PM. Please contact Maria by Sunday, August 21 at 303.993.9358 to reserve your spot! We appreciate your service in this area and look forward to another great year.


Todd Ickes, Reclaim Ministries (Conifer)

Reclaim is a ministry that reclaims the heart of men by introducing them to Jesus Christ and who He created them to be as men. This is done by leading groups into the wilderness, so that they can encounter the Truth, reclaim their hearts and live on purpose.

There are several key projects to finish by early October that include: building decks, hanging/finishing drywall, painting, flooring, landscaping and finish carpentry work. Would you prayerfully consider joining a service team to complete this work and enable this ministry to thrive this fall? Contact Todd Ickes at [email protected] for more information.

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