John 3:16 Of what does this word of God assure you?
Galatians 3:26 Through faith in Jesus Christ what is your relationship to God?
Ephesians 1:3 As God's children through faith in Jesus, what has God blessed you with?
1 John 4:19 What will your response be to the love of God in Jesus?
2 Corinthians 5:14,15 What effect will Christ's love for you have on you and what will his love lead you to do? What, then, will his love lead you to do about the kind of marriage you build together?
John 14:15 How will you be led to show your love for Christ Jesus?
Ephesians 5:21 This verse is the heading for our Lord's instructions about your married and family life together. Your love for Jesus will lead you to do what in your marriage? Your love for Jesus will move you to build your marriage to honor whom?
In chapter 1 you read what God designed marriage to be. That design gives you a model to conform your marriage to. Filled with your Savior's love for you and the knowledge of the everlasting blessings he has given you, you will love him and be motivated by his love to honor him by submitting to one another in your marriage. Now apply the principles of God's design for marriage described in chapter 1 to yourselves and your marital relationship.
For how long does God say your marriage is to last?
God grants a divorce to declare a marriage has been broken for what two reasons only? Look up Matthew 19:6 & 9, and 1 Corinthians 7:15 in your Bible for the answers.
What creates a marriage and will make your marriage a reality in the eyes of God?
Does God permit conditions to be attached to your marriage vows? Have you set any conditions for your marriage vows? If so, what are they?
Marriage is defined on the top of page 6. Apply its meaning to you and your marriage. What does it mean to you?
To what have each of you committed yourself?
For whose sake have you committed yourself?
What could happen to your marriage if one or both of you are not committed to it and to your partner?
Priority Check List.
Read the following list and in the blanks number each of the following according to your individual priorities; 1 is your highest priority, 2 your second highest, 3 your third, etc. Be honest. Do not rate the following according to what you think your mate wants to hear. Compare your lists afterwards. If your priorities are vastly different, you may expect marital difficulties. Discuss how to bring your differing priorities into agreement. Look over your priorities and discuss what the Lord would want your priorities to be and which ones you should move up on your list.
______ ______ your occupation or career
______ ______ talking to your partner and enjoying his or her company
______ ______ a financially secure and comfortable lifestyle
______ ______ a happy marriage in which you love one another
______ ______ a home of your own, or a comfortable apartment or condominium
______ ______ a night out with your friends
______ ______ new furniture
______ ______ weekly church attendance
______ ______ having children
______ ______ your relationship with Jesus and following him
______ ______ your hobby
______ ______ being involved in organizations
______ ______ recreation
______ ______ a modern wardrobe
______ ______ reading and studying God's Word
______ ______ serving your Lord and his church
______ ______ a car, truck, or other vehicle you can be proud of
______ ______ a get-a-way weekend
______ ______ vacation trips
______ ______ building a Christian family dedicated to the Lord
______ ______ telling others about Jesus and his gift of eternal life
What is the triangular relationship?
Compare your present relationship to the triangular relationship God designed for your marriage. How do they compare?
Because of sin no perfect marriages exist. By the grace of God how may your relationship conform more and more to the triangular relationship God designed?
Before the fall into sin Adam's will and Eve's will were in perfect harmony with God's will and with one another's will. How did this unity of their wills affect their marital relationship?
What will make it possible for your wills to be joined harmoniously for your marriage? What effect will this harmony have on your marriage?
Before their fall into sin Adam and Eve both had a spiritual love which loved God above all and each other as themselves. Such love was expressed by living together according to God's commandments written in their hearts.
What will more and more fill your hearts with this spiritual love?
This spiritual love lives by the commandments and avoids sinful thoughts, words, and deeds. If God through his Word and Spirit enabled you to grow in this love, how would your relationship be affected? Answer this in concrete examples using commandments 4 through 10.
What are the fruits of the Spirit, how might you come to have these fruits, and what effect will they have on your marital relationship?
Each of you complete the following personality trait inventory. In the blank before each word or phrase rate yourselves on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest end of the scale and ten being the highest. Compare your traits. Look for those that will conflict with one another and discuss what you will need to do in your marriage to minimize the problems they will cause.
______ _____ responsible
______ _____ responds quickly to others
______ _____ punctual
______ _____ ambitious
______ _____ self-confidant
______ _____ sympathetic
______ _____ sense of humor
______ _____ easy-going
______ _____ accepts criticism
______ _____ merciful
______ _____ respectful
______ _____ self-controlled
______ _____ self-sacrificing for others
______ _____ rebounds from failures
______ _____ negative attitude
______ _____ readily shows affection
______ _____ dominating
______ _____ impulsive
______ _____ irritable
______ _____ moody
______ _____ nervous
______ _____ easily angered
______ _____ selfish
______ _____ jealous
______ _____ easily hurt
______ _____ vacillates on decisions
______ _____ stubborn
______ _____ easily embittered
______ _____ impractical
______ _____ proud
______ _____ resentful
______ _____ rebellious
______ _____ slanders
______ _____ frequently depressed
______ _____ excitable
______ _____ does not discuss problems
______ _____ cannot discuss feelings
______ _____ self-defensive
______ _____ suspicious
______ _____ refuses to talk when angry
______ _____ criticizes others
______ _____ brings up others' past faults
______ _____ complains
______ _____ demanding
What position did God give to the husband in marriage?
Groom: See page 9. In what manner are you to exercise your headship?
Groom: With God's help how do you intend to love your wife self-sacrificially?
Groom: See page 10. As the head of your marriage what are your responsibilities?
Groom: How will you fulfill those responsibilities?
Groom: Your bride has special needs, a unique personality, certain limitations and talents, and moods. You are to respect your wife and live with her in an understanding manner. Considering these things about her, how will you with God's help do this?
What position did God give to the wife in marriage?
Bride: See page 11. What does the word "submit" mean? What does it tell you that you are to do throughout your marriage?
Bride: See page 11. To what extent are you to submit to your husband?
Bride: Give examples of how you with God's help intend to submit to your husband?
Bride: See page 11. Under what circumstance do you not need to obey your husband?
Bride: Your groom is a man with a unique personality, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. A wife is to respect her husband for the man he is and his position in the marriage. How do you intend with God's help to honor your husband during your marriage?
Bride: A wife is to love her husband unselfishly. How do you intend with God's help to do this in your marriage?
Bride: See page 12. What makes a wife beautiful? What does this teach you to strive for with God's help during your marriage?
To keep your marriage the joy that your relationship is now, what must you do together?
What blessings do you hope to enjoy from the Lord in your marriage?