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Summary: How can you build a stronger marriage? What can you do to improve your marriage and make it into what God designed a marriage to be? (based on sermon series by Craig Groeschel, The Vow)

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A Solemn Promise Pt2- Pursuit

Introduction

(based on sermon series by Craig Groeschel, The Vow)

Continue with our series- A Solemn Promise- Pursuit

In Hot Pursuit

How many made- fool of yourselves-in- name of love-

trying to impress- someone- opposite sex, did crazy things would never do today?

Drove many miles- Baltimore Harbor Tunnel- 1st date- wore black/white checkered pants, white turtle neck sweater, black jacket.

It is amazing what people do in the name of love.

Mating rituals of animals- bird- sticks out chest and bows down to get a girl bird. Guys will puff out their chest to impress a girl- look at VIDEO.

One characteristic of people (men)-

By nature, we pursue what we do not have.

Guys- do all sorts of things to win a girl- things they would never do now- hours on- phone, chick flicks.

After men make the kill- all efforts to pursue stop.

This is when many problems begin in marriages.

What area of life can you not pursue/see improvement-

body-eat bad/no exercise, yard-no water/fertilize

Why do we think-can neglect-marriage and-get better?

Marriages that fail-one/both partners-stopped pursuing

A Solemn Promise

Review our First Solemn Promise from last week-

I promise that God will be my #ONE priority and my spouse will be my #TWO priority.

Second Solemn Promise-

I promise to always pursue my #TWO.

Gen 2:22-24

Leave- to loosen, let go of what you are holding and commit to something new-

to relinquish parents for spouse, but God is #1.

Joined- cling/adhere, fasten oneself to, stick like glue.

Our pursuit of our spouse must not end once married.

One couple- an example of hard pursuit (Gen 29)-

Jacob- loved Rachel, her father Laban made him work seven years for her- Laban pulled a switch- gave him her sister. Laban told Jacob he had to work another 7 years for Rachel.

Beauty of this story- married Rachel at- end of the first seven years, but Jacob continued to pursue Rachel.

God- looking for those who will always pursue Him as #ONE and their spouse as #TWO.

Sometimes-have good intentions-never become actions

We judge our spouse by his or her actions, but we judge ourselves by our intentions.

I was thinking about it, I just did not get around to it-

we must turn our intentions into actions.

Assignment (next seven days)

1. Say it!

Speak words of blessing and encouragement daily.

Heb 3:13

Learn to say thank you- thank you for-

cooking a nice dinner for me,

putting the toilet seat down,

last night- it was great fun,

picking up your clothes, etc.

Men- Pursue your spouse w/words of affection.

Why? Women enjoy being told that you love them.

Men, you may not know what that means-

words of affection- non-sexual words- affection.

Gentlemen-you can do all things through Christ Ph 4:13.

Ladies- Pursue- spouse w/words of affirmation.

Why? As confident as men want to appear, they need to know that you believe in them.

No matter how he acts-your opinion- important to him.

Men have been taught by the world, incorrectly, that he is only as good as his last accomplishment.

Important for men to know- wives think they did good.

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