Looking back at your notes from this week’s lesson, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
Getting to Know You
1. Luke reminded us that, single or married, everyone should honor marriage. Still, we can sometimes have a negative attitude towards marriage. What are some negative things you’ve either said or heard other people say about marriage?
2. On Sunday, Luke asked us to encourage three married people this week. Who did you talk to and did you have any positive experiences that you’d like to share?
1. Despite the challenges, marriage is a great adventure! The Scriptures remind us of this again and again. How can the following passages remind you that marriage is great? (If you’re single, please remember that Christ is like a husband to you. Read yourself in these passages as the bride, even if you’re a man!)
Proverbs 18:22 (NIV)
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 19:14 (NLT)
Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.
Proverbs 31:10-12 (NIV)
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Mark 10:6-8 (NCV)
6 But when God made the world, ‘he made them male and female.’ 7 ‘So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, 8 and the two will become one body.’ So there are not two, but one.
What insights, if any, did you gain from these verses?
2. Luke taught us on Sunday there is no legitimate outlet for sex outside of your own marriage. Sex is, in fact, part of the glue that holds a marriage together; it’s one of the motivations to get married in the first place. When society encourages sex outside of marriage, it not only defiles sex, it defiles marriage. Please read the following passages about sexuality and marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:3-6 (NCV)
3 The husband should give his wife all that he owes her as his wife. And the wife should give her husband all that she owes him as her husband. 4 The wife does not have full rights over her own body; her husband shares them. And the husband does not have full rights over his own body; his wife shares them. 5 Do not refuse to give your bodies to each other, unless you both agree to stay away from sexual relations for a time so you can give your time to prayer. Then come together again so Satan cannot tempt you because of a lack of self-control. 6 I say this to give you permission to stay away from sexual relations for a time. It is not a command to do so.
Ephesians 5:1-7 (NIV)
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
Which verse do you connect with most? Why?
It’s one thing to have conviction about sexuality and marriage. It’s another thing to have motivation. Think of motivation as the reason to follow the rule. Which verse gives you motivation to stay sexually pure? Why?
Bringing it Home
Looking back at this week’s study, what is the most important thing to remember?
Do you have any prayer requests? Please share.