Welcome‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌deeper‌ ‌dive‌ ‌into‌ ‌this‌ ‌week’s‌ ‌sermon!‌ ‌‌Our‌ ‌hope‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌we’ll‌ ‌all‌ ‌follow‌ ‌the‌ ‌pattern‌ ‌of‌ ‌Jesus‌ ‌and‌ ‌gather‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌other‌ ‌people‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌to‌ ‌learn‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Scriptures‌ ‌and‌ ‌grow‌ ‌spiritually.‌ ‌Be‌ ‌sure‌ ‌you‌ ‌read‌ ‌each‌ ‌Bible‌ ‌section‌ ‌out‌ ‌loud.‌ ‌Don’t‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌to‌ ‌every‌ ‌question‌ ‌here,‌ ‌just‌ ‌pick‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌and‌ ‌go‌ ‌for‌ ‌it.‌ ‌Before‌ ‌you‌ ‌start,‌ ‌take‌ ‌a‌ ‌moment‌ ‌of‌ ‌silence,‌ ‌then‌ ‌pray‌ ‌the‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Spirit‌ ‌will‌ ‌guide‌ ‌your‌ ‌conversations‌ ‌as‌ ‌you‌ ‌study‌ ‌God’s‌ ‌word‌ ‌and‌ ‌apply‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌life.‌ ‌Have‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌time!‌ 

What’s‌ ‌your‌ ‌funniest‌ ‌dating‌ ‌blunder?‌ ‌‌

How‌ ‌would‌ ‌you‌ ‌describe‌ ‌your‌ ‌relational‌ ‌life‌ ‌right‌ ‌now:‌ ‌Happily‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌single? ‌Frustratedly‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌single? ‌Painfully‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌single?‌‌

Which‌ ‌have‌ ‌you‌ ‌historically‌ ‌seen‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌relational‌ ‌status:‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌single?‌ ‌Which‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌think‌ ‌God‌ ‌sees‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌relational‌ ‌status?‌ ‌

‌Read‌ ‌Genesis‌ ‌2:15-24‌.‌ ‌What‌ ‌stood‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌you?‌ ‌Why‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌think‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌“not‌ ‌good”‌ ‌for‌ ‌Adam‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌alone?‌ ‌Why‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌think‌ ‌he‌ ‌was‌ ‌so‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌partner‌ ‌who‌ ‌was‌ ‌just‌ ‌like‌ ‌him?‌ ‌

Read‌ ‌Genesis‌ ‌2:25‌. What‌ ‌does‌ ‌this‌ ‌tell‌ ‌us‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌relationship‌ ‌between‌ ‌Adam‌ ‌and‌ ‌Eve?‌ ‌

Read‌ ‌Ephesians‌ ‌5:21-32‌.‌ How‌ ‌does‌ ‌submitting‌ ‌to‌ ‌one‌ ‌another‌ ‌show‌ ‌reverence‌ ‌for‌ ‌Jesus?‌ ‌What‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌relationship‌ ‌of‌ ‌marriage‌ ‌supposed‌ ‌to‌ ‌reveal‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌world?‌ ‌What‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌relational‌ ‌implications‌ ‌for‌ ‌marriage‌ ‌and‌ ‌for‌ ‌singleness?‌ ‌‌

The purpose of marriage: In‌ ‌the‌ ‌sermon,‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌stated‌ ‌that,‌ ‌‌“Marriage‌ ‌was‌ ‌created‌ ‌by‌ ‌God‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌living‌ ‌lesson‌ ‌illustrating‌ ‌the‌ ‌mysterious‌ ‌union‌ ‌between‌ ‌Jesus‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌people.”‌‌ ‌What‌ ‌do‌ ‌both‌ ‌married‌ ‌and‌ ‌single‌ ‌people‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌gain‌ ‌from‌ ‌this‌ ‌living‌ ‌lesson?‌ ‌‌

Discuss‌ ‌Tim‌ ‌&‌ ‌Kathy‌ ‌Keller’s‌ ‌statement‌ ‌about‌ ‌marriage‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌Ephesians‌ ‌5‌:‌ “Jesus’‌ ‌sacrificial‌ ‌service‌ ‌to‌ ‌us‌ ‌has‌ ‌brought‌ ‌us‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌deep‌ ‌union‌ ‌with‌ ‌him…‌ ‌And‌ ‌that,‌ ‌Paul‌ ‌says,‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌key‌ ‌not‌ ‌only‌ ‌to‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌marriage‌ ‌but‌ ‌to‌ ‌living‌ ‌it.”‌ ‌‌

Experiencing close friendship: What‌ ‌could‌ ‌you‌ ‌do‌ ‌to‌ ‌apply‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌today’s‌ ‌learnings‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌closest‌ ‌relationships?‌ ‌What‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌relational‌ ‌steps‌ ‌would‌ ‌you‌ ‌take?‌ ‌With‌ ‌whom‌ ‌and‌ ‌when?‌ ‌‌

Finish‌ ‌your‌ ‌time‌ ‌together‌ ‌praying‌.‌ ‌Sit‌ ‌in‌ ‌silence‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌moments,‌ ‌quietly‌ ‌asking‌ ‌God,‌ ‌“How‌ ‌do‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌correct‌ ‌me?”‌ ‌Share‌ ‌what‌ ‌came‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌mind‌ ‌&‌ ‌then‌ ‌pray‌ ‌for‌ ‌each‌ ‌other,‌ ‌and‌ ‌be‌ ‌sure‌ ‌you‌ ‌pray‌ ‌to‌ ‌receive‌ ‌God’s‌ ‌grace‌ ‌deeply.‌ ‌