Questions: Chapter 7

  1. It appears that Jesus expected husbands and wives of his time and culture to adhere to the divine pattern established by the Creator. Is that expectation significant to you?  Why?
  2. “If you hope to participate in God’s design for marriage, you must be born again” (Page 117).  Why is this true?
  3. Have you ever witnessed an instance of “marriage idolatry” where one or both spouses made their marriage more important than the kingdom of God? How might such a misplaced priority be displayed? Any observable consequences? Any lessons learned (by you)?
  4. It doesn’t seem to occur to many Christian spouses to view and conduct their marriage as an extension of their service to Christ and his kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Why do you think this is the case?
  5. If a single Christian were to commit to giving their devotion to God’s kingdom a higher priority than any other relationship – including a future marriage, how might that commitment affect marital decision making?
  6. Study the chart on page 120.  When you compare God’s design for marriage in a fallen world to his original plan in a perfect world, what is similar, and what is different?
  7. Before you read this chapter, were you aware of the impact Jesus has made on marriage? What part of this information was new to you? Does Jesus’s intervention really matter? Why?