Jan 07, 2018 | Keith Crosby
Ready for Marriage
What does it take to ready yourself for marriage and what should you look for in a spouse? How can you tell if you are ready to be a husband or a wife?
1 Timothy 3:2-3; 11 ∙ Titus 1:6-9 ∙ 1 Timothy 3:4-5
Reputational Track Record
1 Timothy 3:2, 7 ∙ 1 Timothy 3:4-5 ∙ 1 Timothy 4:12 ∙Titus 1:6-7 ∙ Titus 2:6
1 Timothy 3: 6, 9-10 ∙ Titus 1:9-10 ∙ Titus 2:6 ∙ 1 Timothy 4:12 ∙ Philippians 3:13-15
- True or false: when it comes to matters of love and preparing for marriage it’s better to use your heart rather than your head. Relate your answer to the sermon.
- Read 1 Timothy 3:3-15. Why would the character qualities essential for biblical Christian leadership serve us well as character qualities to look for in a potential spouse?
- We grant that no one is perfect. But why wouldn’t you seek a mate who is striving to develop these character traits, understanding that no one is perfect?
- Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. Based upon what God is saying in this epistle, is it ever justifiable for a believer to date or marry an unbeliever? In other words, how can you or anyone else justify dating or marrying an unbeliever if it is so clearly forbidden by God?
- How can a man or woman, boy or girl, (your son or daughter) discern whether or not their intended ‘date’ is a believer or not? What are 5 steps they could take? Why should they care?
- Why might marrying a Christian so important for Christians in the areas of (in no particular order): Parenting; Budgeting; Worshiping; Spending eternity together with your spouse (or children)? Why do you think so many professing Christians won’t/can’t/don’t think this way when choosing a spouse?
- Discuss as a group how each (or some of you) will implement something taught in the sermon. Describe a concrete action you will take by saying, “I will… (the action).” This will help you implement what you learned.
Resources: What He Must Be, by Voddie Bauchum
Simple messages for complex relationships.