Honor | Part 13 | #7: Singleness and Marriage God’s Way

Is being single a bad thing? How do I handle sexual temptation or adultery? Can my marriage be saved or improved? Join us as we learn how to handle singleness and marriage in God’s way. #GCHonor

7th Commandment: Honoring God With Our Dating/Marriage
Over the next 3 messages we will talk about:

  • Marriage God’s Way
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Homosexuality & Transgenderism

 

Singleness is a blessing, not a curse.

 

“Marriage is man’s best friend.”

 

Marriage God’s way:
One man and one woman in a lifetime commitment of marriage.

 

“God’s way is always the best way.”

 

How to affair-proof your marriage:

  1. Fight for it. (Learn about Marriage on the Rock)
    • Connect Daily
    • Date Monthly
    • Escape Yearly
  2. Practice your faith in Jesus together.

 

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Key Scripture:

1 Corinthians 7:7–9 (NLT)

7 But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.

8 So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. 9 But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.

1 Corinthians 7:32–35 (NLT)

32 I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. 33 But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. 34 His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.

Matthew 19:4–5 (NLT)

4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ 5 And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart;

      do not depend on your own understanding.

    6 Seek his will in all you do,

      and he will show you which path to take.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • If you’re single, what do you like most about being single? What do you like least about it? If you’re married, what do you like most about being married? What do you like least about it?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Why do most people consider being single a curse?  How did Paul feel about it?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 7:7-9. For what reason should a single person get married?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-35. What are the advantages of being single?
  • Read Matthew 19:4-5.  What is God’s definition of marriage?  Can you think of any other scriptures that teach this idea?
  • Read Proverbs 3:5-6.  Why do so many people depend on their own understanding when it comes to dating and marriage?  Have you ever rejected God’s way?  What was the result?
  • Troy said less than 4% of arranged marriages end in divorce. Why is that? How does that debunk the “I married the wrong person” myth?
  • How do you fight for your marriage?  What are you doing on a daily or weekly basis to make your marriage better?  What do you plan on doing that you’re not doing now?
  • What advice would you give a newlywed at Generations Church to affair-proof their marriage?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify where you’re not being obedient to God’s design for your life in the area of relationships, whether you’re married or single, and take steps toward obedience.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Give thanks to God that He blesses us in singleness and marriage. Ask for His guidance and strength as we pursue glorifying Him, wherever He has us. Confess and repent where we fall short, asking for forgiveness.

Start digging. For further study.

Speaker

Troy Knight

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