Summary: What does a “good marriage” look like? How can you have a “good marriage”? What are the ingredients for enriching one’s marriage?
• What does a “good marriage” look like?
• How can you have a “good marriage”?
• What are the ingredients for enriching one’s marriage?
I. Are good marriages possible?
A. God established Marriage Gen. 1:27,31, 2:24
B. God intended marriage as a “good” thing. Gen. 2:18
C. Yes, good marriages are possible! What God makes is always good, very good!
II. What do good marriages look like?
A. OT example: Abraham and Sarah
1. 1 Peter 3:6
2. Genesis 12 ff
B. NT example: Christ and the church
1. Eph. 5:25
2. Eph. 5:26
III. How do good marriages work? Math. 19:10
A. Marriage: One man, one woman . . . for life! Math. 19:3-8 God intended marriage to be a lifelong relationship
B. With man, it’s impossible Is. 64:6 (none good, our best filthy rags)
C. With God, all things are possible Math. 19:17, 26 (God almighty-the source of all goodness)
IV. What are the ingredients for good marriages? 1 Cor. 13:13
A. Hope-Something to look forward to Jer. 29:11(future, hope), Col. 1:27 source of hope-Christ
B. Faith-Something to believe in Heb. 12:2 object of faith-Christ
C. Love-Someone to invest in Eph. 5:33 motivation and method 2 Cor. 5:14-motivation; 1 John 3:18 method, source of love-the Holy Spirit
V. Suggestions for cultivating, and enriching your marriage.
A. Submission-Supporting 2 Cor. 12:19
B. Sacrifice-Sharing Eph. 5:2; 1 John 3:16
C. Service-Caring Gal. 5:13-15; 6:2; 2 Cor. 12:15
Practical application: Possible Q & A about encouraging, exhorting, and instructing couples regarding good marriages.
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