A young couple came for counseling to the parsonage. The young man was struggling with a bad habit, but wanted to be free and to serve Christ. The problem was that all his friends engaged in this sinful activity and made fun of him when he said no. The young man accepted Christ during the visit, but his lack of Christian friends remains a challenge to his spiritual growth and vitality.

People like to be with people they know. People like to be with people who look like them, think like them, and have similar interests. Breaking into a group of which you know no one is quite intimidating, even for the most outgoing. Therefore, you should be aware that the unchurched people who attend your Sunday school class may not have any friends within your class, or even your church. You probably recognize this already, but what will you do about helping the unchurched who visit your class develop friendships in your class?