Small Group Study November 17th
Ice Breaker: Ask the oldest couple or individual in your group for three pieces of advice on marriage. Now ask the youngest!
1. When we get into the question “how far is too far in dating”, what do Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:6 have to say about it?
2. The right age to start dating is when you’re ready to move towards marriage. Discuss, assuming that the person you date’s purpose is not to be a play thing to relieve your boredom or to boost your self esteem.
3. If you’re serious about serving Jesus, you wouldn’t date or marry a non-Christian. Discuss in light of Matthew 6:24.
4. You’re not looking for the right One. You’ve already met Him. He’s Jesus. By spending time in your relationship with Him, YOU will become ready to find your “right two”. What are some ways you could intensify your pursuit of Jesus?
5. Advice on marriage:
a. What does Matthew 10:39 say about how we should approach marriage. See also Philippians 2: 5-8.
b. Marriage is hard, and that’s ok. Discuss.
c. When it comes to marriage, if the grass looks greener over there, what you should do?
6. Have you ever met people who walked into marriage expecting to fail? What happened? How would marriage in our culture look different if everyone walked into it REFUSING to fail? If we assumed marriage was for life, would it change the way people chose a spouse? Would it change the level of effort people put into making their marriage work?
7. What do the following verses have to say about your marriage?
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
John 11: 38-44
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Mark 10: 7-9
7 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife. 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.