Sunday, 16 September 2018

Honoring CHRIST in Marriage

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Honoring CHRIST in Marriage

Some people question whether or not they have married the right person. Some spouses seem to argue with each other and complain to each other much more than laughing with each other and enjoying each other’s presence. How can we honor God in our marriage by sacrificing our own interests for the interests of our spouse?

  • If you treat the wrong spouse like the right spouse, you’ll end up with the right spouse after all.

The NIGHTMARE (Song of Solomon 5:2-8)

God teaches us about difficulties in marriage and how to handle them with a story about one spouse shutting out the other spouse. The story shows us how to not treat our spouse when angry and it also presents principles to teach us how to rightly treat our spouse even when we are angry about something.

  • Speak uplifting words.
  • Do kind things.
  • Love covers a multitude of sins.

Study and Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. If you feel comfortable, answer this: What is one of the most difficult issues you and your spouse have had to work through? Can you relate to the nightmare in the sermon?

Digging Deeper

2. Read Ephesians 5:21-33. Discuss the importance of respect and love within a marriage. The relationship that husbands and wives have is comparable to Jesus Christ and the Church. Talk about how and why this is a “profound mystery.”

3. Read Matthew 22:23-32. It appears that we will not be married in heaven like on earth, but instead we will be married to Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16. What is Paul’s advice for single people? Why is it sometimes good to remain single and why is it sometimes good to get married? According to this passage, what should you do if your spouse leaves you?

5. Read Matthew 19:1-12. What are Jesus’ thoughts on divorce? Discuss how divorce happens because of hardening of hearts.

6. Read Deuteronomy 24:1-5. Why was it important for a man to not go to war for the first year of marriage? Was God trying to divorce-proof marriages with the principle of spending time with each other? Why is the first year of marriage important?

Applying the Word to Life

7. How are you treating your spouse? Do you treat him or her like a treasure? How do you speak to your spouse? How much quality time do you spend together? Is this your most important relationship? Challenge: treat your spouse like they are a “gift” from God! What does that look like for you?