Summary: Our church is doing a FireProof Marriage Series. Here is my offering of the first in our series.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8


This morning as we begin, we will begin with a game. We are going to play a game of Truth or Dare. I have in my hands a basket… with two types of cards… one for ‘Truth” and one for “Dare.” This should be a game that all of you know how to play. One player starts the game by asking another player, “Truth or Dare?” If the queried player answers “truth,” then the questioning player asks a question, usually embarrassing. If the queried player answers “dare,” then the questioning player asks the queried to do something, also usually embarrassing. I also like the repetition rule. This means players cannot chose “truth” three times in a row. That way it will not allow players to choose “truth” all the time or dare all the time, making the game more interesting.

Truth or Dare person 1

Truth or Dare person 2

Truth or Dare person 3

Isn’t interesting that in general we will take dares for stupid things and not for things that matter? We will eat pickles mixed with honey, kiss the guy or girl with marshmallows in our mouths, or run around the car naked, but when it comes to something serious, we balk at the dare. The word “dare” is a verb that means “to have the necessary courage or boldness for something.” Over the next month you will be challenged... tested… urged... dared… in your love life. Do you have the necessary courage to love as God directs? Do you have the boldness to believe in God and allow Him to heal your marriage? Do you accept the dare from God that He knows best in your love life?

This morning as we begin the challenge to you, we are using a movie as the vehicle for the challenge.

This month we will be using the movie “Fireproof” to dare is in our marriages. We showed the movie last night

here at church and we will show it again at the conclusion of our FireProof Series. I would also like to mention that there are special studies during the sermon series this month that we would love for you to get involved with. The movie Fireproof tells the story of a couple that comes back from the brink of divorce by surrendering their marriage and their lives to Jesus Christ. The movie can be summarized in one sentence: “Never leave your partner behind.” The lessons that the couple learns through a painful process are the very same lessons that we all need to discover about loving people God’s way.

Our dare begins this morning by defining what the dare involves. The dare is all about love. It is all about loving someone in the way that God desires, commands, and has designed and not in the manner that we choose. We will discover that love is about giving and not about receiving. We will discover that love is all about grace and not about guilt. We will also discover (and this is the most difficult of the three) that love is about commitment and not about feelings.

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