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Summary: at some advice for beginning, and maintaining a strong marriage ¡V especially in light of the pressures marriages face today in general, and Christian marriages specifically.

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TIMELY ADVICE FOR MARITAL SUCCESS

1 CORINTHIANS 7:25-40

INTRODUCTION: In this third message concerning marriage, do¡¦s, don¡¦ts, and advice. So far we have looked at marriage and its responsibilities, and those who ¡§seek¡¨ to be unmarried, and the gift of singleness. Today, we want to look at some advice for beginning, and maintaining a strong marriage ¡V especially in light of the pressures marriages face today in general, and Christian marriages specifically.

Here some interesting advice concerning marriage:

Love and marriage. It¡¦s a complicated issue. Someone once asked some children to weigh in on some of the most important questions surrounding it ¡V here¡¦s a sampling of their responses.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." Alan, age 10

"No person really decides before they grow up who they¡¦re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you¡¦re stuck with." Kirsten, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

"No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married." Freddie, age 6

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." Lynnette, age 8

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." Martin, age 10

WHEN IS IT OK TO KISS SOMEONE?

"When they¡¦re rich." Pam, age 7

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

"Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck." Ricky, age 10

And even if you get married, marriages are difficult to understand, ¡K¡K..

Frankly, marriage is difficult to understand¡K

NAMES

If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara.

If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.

EATING OUT

When the bill arrives, Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom will each throw in $10, even though it¡¦s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn¡¦t need but it¡¦s on sale.

ARGUMENTS

A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

SUCCESS

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

MARRIAGE


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