Simple Family Part 1 “Simple Marriage”
Simple Family – Part 1
The family is an extremely important part of ______ – picture and ________ – picture life.
The overall health of the _______________ determines the overall health of ________________.
Where do we turn for family _____________?
In marriage, if we understand two simple principles, we can have both a ______________ and ______________ marriage.
Principle #1: My spouse is a ____________ from God.
God gives us this principle in the very ______________.
Genesis 2:20, 21-22
20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[a] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[b] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Adam’s reaction to the first woman is very ________________.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
“Adam’s focus was on God’s flawless character, not on Eve’s performance. He knew God, and he knew that God could be trusted. Adam enthusiastically received Eve because he knew she was from God. Adam’s faith in God enabled him to receive Eve as God’s perfect provision for him. “ Dennis Rainey
God can’t give ____________ gifts.
God knew what His gift would look like ____________.
Principle #2: My marriage is not ______________ about me.
Ephesians 5:25-27, 31-33
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[a] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
God clearly equates the ________________ relationship with the relationship God desires with _________________.
God chose the marriage relationship to be an ____________ __________ to the world about His relationship with the world.
This truth is often best demonstrated when ______________ and _____________ are present.
Do you believe your spouse is a _____________ from God?
Will you trust God’s _________________ character more than your spouse’s ________________ performance?
Do you agree that your marriage is primarily about ________?
Is _________________ together through the difficult years worth _________________ together someone and God?