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Summary: This first message in the "Fireproof" series outlines the in-born differences between men and women so we can understand and love each other appropriately.

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[This sermon is contributed by Hal Seed of New Song Church in Oceanside, California and of www.PastorMentor.com. Hal is the author of numerous books including The God Questions and The Bible Questions. If you are interested in The Bible Questions Church-wide Campaign, please visit and watch Hal’s video at www.PastorMentor.com.]

For additional sermons related to the Fireproof movie, visit http://www.fireproofoutreach.com

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He Said/She Said

Fireproof Your Relationships: Sermon One

Ephesians 5:21-33

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[Author’s suggestion: For a powerful application, at the end of the message, have a couple prepared to share the story of their marriage and how they are going to apply the Love/Dare Challenge this week, or, ask one couple and one single to take the challenge a week ahead of time and have them share their experiences at the end of the message.]

[Author’s note: sentences and phrases in all capital letters are meant to be made into PowerPoint slides.]

Good morning! (SHOW FIREPROOF LOGO, using the Fireproof PowerPoint template on your Campaign Resource CD)

This month, Sherwood Films released a film called, "Fireproof." (Give results, if known, of how it’s doing at the box office.) I’ve seen the film and it moved me deeply. It made me want to be a better husband and a better friend.

According to my dictionary, "FIREPROOF" means, "CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING OR PREVENTING DAMAGE BY FIRE." I’ve eaten Mexican food that barely qualified for that definition, but in the next 40 days, I want to give you principles and practices from the Bible that will fireproof your marriage, your friendships, and your relationships at work, school and play.

I hope many of you have seen this movie. It’s the story of a couple -- Caleb and Catherine - whose marriage is breaking up. They’ve been together for seven years, but they’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, and things are going south quickly.

Fireproof is the story of how this couple, with the help of God, put their marriage and their lives back together again. They struggle through the issues of forgiving, rekindling feelings for each other, breaking free of addictions and things that hold us back, and finding the love of God. We’re going to explore each of these themes over the next six weeks as we learn how to Fireproof our Relationships. Two of the messages in the series will cover marriage, the rest will cover issues that all of us deal with as we learn to love those around us.

Today, we’re going to look at how to get along with members of the opposite sex. I hope by now you’ve noticed that men and women are different? Well, in the film, one of the first cracks that develops in Caleb and Catherine’s relationship comes from a challenge all men and women face, which is, "How do I relate to someone who is so different than me?"

In this clip we’re about to show, watch what can happen if you expect your partner to be just like you. (Play the Session One clip from your Fireproof Your Marriage DVD. Total length = 1:33. PLAY CLIP)


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