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Session 14

Don’t tie the knot until

Read: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

When we’re single, we think marriage will fix our problems. But could it just be the idea of marriage we love? Dreaming together is easy. The idea of creating a new life sounds exciting. But in reality, “till death do us part” is tough!

In 1 Corinthians 7:28, the apostle Paul encourages church members to stay single if they can because “those who marry will face many troubles in this life.” Marriage is good, but if you’re not called to it, singleness is better.

When two sinful, selfish people get together and try to get their needs met from each other, a marriage is headed for disaster. But when two sinful, selfish people get together and put Jesus at the center of their marriage, it can become their greatest ministry.

Marriage is more than sex without sinning, paying bills, running errands, and playing house. Marriage is a responsibility where each spouse seeks to serve the other.

 If we’re seeing marriage as a way to get something for ourselves, we're not ready for the sacrifice marriage requires.

Jesus submitted Himself willingly and sacrificed His life out of love for us. The relationship between husbands and wives was designed to resemble mutual sacrifice and submission between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:22-33).

There’s nothing wrong with getting married. Marriage is a gift from God (Proverbs 18:22). But one of the best questions we can ask before tying the knot is this: “Is my goal to get something or to give something because Jesus gave for me?” If we’re seeing marriage as a way to get something for ourselves, we're not ready for the sacrifice marriage requires.

Reflect:

  • What are some ways your marriage is helping you grow in your relationship with Jesus? How has it distracted you from Him?
  • If you are married, what were the reasons you wanted to marry your spouse? How have your feelings about marriage changed over time?
  • If you are single and thinking about marriage, what are your reasons? Are you able to give the very things you want to get from a spouse?

1

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

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2

What it means to be united

What it means to be united

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3

The one time boasting is OK

The one time boasting is OK

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4

What happens when the church comes together

What happens when the church comes together

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5

The church is bigger than a building

The church is bigger than a building

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6

What your silent judgment says about you

What your silent judgment says about you

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7

Do you do what you say you believe?

Do you do what you say you believe?

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8

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

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9

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

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10

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

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11

Sex…It’s not about me

Sex…It’s not about me

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12

God, please save my spouse

God, please save my spouse

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13

Change how you see instead of what you see

Change how you see instead of what you see

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14

Don’t tie the knot until

Don’t tie the knot until

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15

Why can’t I do what I want?

Why can’t I do what I want?

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16

Why give time and money to the church?

Why give time and money to the church?

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17

Do I have anything to offer?

Do I have anything to offer?

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18

Are you training to win?

Are you training to win?

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19

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

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20

What are you going to chase today?

What are you going to chase today?

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21

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

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22

Why submit to my husband?

Why submit to my husband?

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23

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

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24

You were made for this

You were made for this

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25

Does church even need me?

Does church even need me?

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26

Are you serving with the right motivation?

Are you serving with the right motivation?

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27

How to go from good to better to best

How to go from good to better to best

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28

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

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29

Are you going through the motions?

Are you going through the motions?

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30

Why does an empty tomb matter?

Why does an empty tomb matter?

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31

You are who you hang around

You are who you hang around

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32

How to embrace the unknown

How to embrace the unknown

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33

You don’t need to fear death

You don’t need to fear death

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34

How can I make a difference in the world?

How can I make a difference in the world?

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