Did you know that the earth is a giant ball of rock? Once a year it whirls an orbit around the sun. Our moon, too, is a great ball of rock. Rocks are made up of mixtures of minerals. They are solid, with particles held firmly together. It takes millions of years for most rocks to form.
Geologists divide them into 3 types based on the way the rock forms: Igneous rocks form when the molten lava from earth’s centre cools and hardens. The cooling sometimes happens beneath the earth’s surface, and the process is long and slow. The cooling may also take place on earth’s surface through volcanoes or cracks in the earth.
Most sedimentary rocks form in water. When rivers flow into lakes and seas, they carry with them a variety of sediments: mud, silt, and pebbles. The particles eventually settle to the bottom. Over millions of years, layers of those sediments build up and cement together to form rock.
Metamorphic rock is made up of igneous and sedimentary rocks that have been forced together by great heat and pressure to form a new kind of rock.
Whatever their origin, rocks go through a hardening process and come together in solid form. The process of making friends can be compared to the process of rock formation. Think about it. It takes time and effort to develop friendships. Once formed, however, friendships are solid, like rock.
A friend is someone who..... • You can trust with a secret • Is loyal and generous • Is funny • Won`t laugh at you • Never lets you down • Cheers you up • Cares for you • You can play with
Won`t go behind your back • Never forgets you • Always sticks with you • Respects you • Likes to be with you • Helps you • Is honest • You can talk to • Shares your interests • Won`t hurt you • Thinks of you first
What is the greatest thing we can do for one another? • “To Love,” Jesus says. “Love one another as I have love you.” • How do these words of Jesus make you feel? • Read for yourself Jesus’ words about love and friendship in 1John 4. 7-8, 11 and in John 15.12,15. • What is Jesus telling us? • What do the words....love is from God, mean?
God’s Love and Ours • 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. • John 15:12-15 • New International Version (NIV) • 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I 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. • What is Jesus telling us? • What do the words....love is from God, mean?