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The Gift of Marriage (29 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
For the next four weeks, we are going to be talking about men and women, guys and girls, marriage and dating, and how to honor God in our relationships.
Relying on Paul's letter to the Ephesians to give us a reference point for relationships, we are going to examine a different dynamic of male/female relationships each week.
This week, we are going to take a look at the way God fashioned male/female relationships at the very beginning of history. We want to see what sorts of things God had in mind when He initiated the first marriage. If we don't know why we have male/female relationships, we're bound to have problems!
Today is sort of like a DTR for marriage - you know, that often awkward Defining The Relationship conversation when two people discuss their mutual understanding of a potential romantic relationship (casual dating, serious boyfriend, etc). In every relationship, it's important to communicate the boundaries, the responsibilities, and the expectations that each person has or anticipates. Today will be like a DTR for marriage!
(NOTE: This week's session is Part 1 of a four-part module discussing male/female relationships. Each week's session will focus on a specific aspect of relationships based on Ephesians 5:21-33.)
Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33
EQUIP: DTM: Define The Marriage
Read EPHESIANS 5:21-33 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Marriage is meant to bless and build.
- Eve was a ''mirror image'' of Adam. Men and women were not designed to be superior/inferior but like each other and equal (Gen. 2:18).
- God designed marriage for Kingdom expansion and to pass on the blessing we received from Him to the next generation.
The most important part of any DTR is the initial exchange of interest. Each person has to muster up enough courage to actually say, ''H ...
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