1.  Marriage is God’s Plan

Genesis 2:18-25

  • Eve was created by God to be Adam’s life partner – Taken from his side. Not from his head that she should rule over him. Not from his foot that he should trample on her. But from his side that they should be partners.
  • The two become one flesh. God designed an intimacy to be shared exclusively between husband and wife that makes them one.
  • NEXT: Satan and sin enter, Adam & Eve are now banished from the Garden and now have to deal with how selfishness, pride, anger, jealousy, and lust affect a marriage.

2. So God establishes Roles and Responsibilities of husband and wife in marriage

Ephesians 5:21-33

  • Husbands must lead and love their wives like Jesus leads and loves the church.
  • Caring and nurturing her as he cares for his own body.
  • Love, service, submission, and respect make the relationship work in a sinful world.
  • These roles and responsibilities are established by God and should supersede what we were taught or observed growing up or what the culture around us defines as a marriage relationship.

1 Peter 3:7-9

  • Husbands must be considerate of their wives’ needs.
  • Husbands should recognize differences (strengths and weaknesses) between men and women and be gentle with female weaknesses.
  • God takes it personally when men do not treat His daughters properly and even his prayers are hindered.

Q – What changes do you need to make to be a Christlike husband? Q – What apologies do you need to make?

Recommended Reading:

–     Friends & Lovers – Sam & Geri Laing

–     How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It – Patricia Love & Steven Stosny

–     The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

–     Guys are we really listening – Howard Binkow

3. The Christian Father

Ephesians 6:1-4

  • Fathers should train and instruct their children to develop moral character according to the scriptures.
  • Fathers should be careful to not exasperate (frustrate) their children.

Q – How can you nurture your children more?

Q – What can you stop doing that is, or could be, frustrating them?

Proverbs 13:24

  • Disciplining our children IS loving them.
  • Lack of discipline actually hurts them in the long run.

Proverbs 22:15

  • Children are born with sinful natures (the capacity for wrongdoing).
  • They need discipline to teach them consequences.
  • A lack of consequences, in a loving home environment, will likely result in them experiencing far harsher consequences in the school/work environment.

Q – Are there areas of disciplining and training your children that you have been avoiding dealing with?

Recommended Reading:

–     Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Paul Tripp

–     Raising Awesome Kids in Troubled Times – Sam & Geri Laing

–     The Strong-Willed Child – Dr James Dobson

4. Sex in Your Marriage

1 Corinthians 7:3-5

  • Sex is a special connection exclusively between wives and husbands.
  • Do not deprive each other, except by mutual consent.
  • Physical intimacy is also about giving and meeting the needs of your spouse, rather than simply meeting your own needs.

Q – What can you do to nurture more physical intimacy in your marriage? Q – Are there any apologies you need to make?

Recommended Reading:

–     Love Life for every Married Couple – Ed Wheat

–     His Needs, Her Needs – Willard F. Harley

–     The Five Senses of Romantic Love – Sam Laing