Life Group Discussion Guide
Many people grow up dreaming of their wedding day and the marriage to follow. We all assume that, once we get married, we will live happily ever after. What most do not realize is how much time, effort and personal sacrifice is involved in a healthy relationship. Divorce rates and the declining interest in getting married in the first place show that many are not prepared to give what it takes. The posture of our culture is to make it easier to separate and divorce. The posture of Jesus is to make it easier to learn how to be the kind of person that can experience a healthy, lasting, life-giving marriage.
Have you ever known a couple whose marriage you would like to use as a model for your own life?
- Read Matthew 5:27-30 and Mark 7:20-23. As human beings, we always tend to concentrate or react to sinful acts but where does Jesus tell us that sin starts? What does this mean in our struggle to stay pure?
- Read Hebrews 12:1-4 and Colossians 3:1-10. The New Testament authors set a very high standard for self-discipline in the area of purity. Pick out one step or verse from these passages that you find helpful.
- Read Matthew 5:31 and Matthew 19:3. In New Testament times, a woman who was abandoned and divorced by her husband was left in a vulnerable position. Do you think this has changed? What if there are children? Do you think it is still important to be loyal to our spouses?
- Read Matthew 19:4-9 and I Corinthians 7:1-15. Jesus and Paul both stressed that a marriage was not to be broken lightly. In fact, there appear to be only two acceptable reasons for divorce for followers of Jesus. What are they? What does Paul say about how a follower of Jesus should deal with a spouse who is not a believer?
We aren’t meant to live as followers of Jesus on our own. How can we help each other in this area?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?