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Summary: The bible clearly tells us that men and women were created differently - equal, but different. The bible does a great jobo of exlaining how male-female relationships break down, and how they are supposed to work. Student Ministry PowerPoint format.

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[Relationships – What a Guy Wants]

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:33)

This material was originally presented in PowerPoint format to a high school student ministry. If you have questions or would like the original PowerPoint (minus the video clips, which are too large to email), drop me a note at robert.fox@alltel.com

Note: much of the concept behind this presentation came from Emerson Eggerichs’ book “Love and Respect”, though he focuses primarily on the New Testament. The tie-in to the curse in Genesis 3 is my own, but the germ of the idea came from a FamilyLife radio broadcast interview with Stu Weber, author of “Four Pillars of a Man’s heart: Bringing Strength into Balance”. Both are excellent sources of fresh insight into the scripture in this area.

[Relationships – What a Guy Wants]

Slide graphic: sign reading “Quiet – Respect Please”

Slide text:

There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden (Proverbs 30:18-1)

Valentine’s Day was this last week - a time when cupid supposedly goes around firing little love-arrows into guys and girls and relationships are perfect. Or so the story goes. Actually, even the best relationships have their bumps and bruises.

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about relationships. Today we’re going to talk about “What a guy wants.” We’re going to see what the Bible says guys want and why it says they want it. We’ll put the guys on the spot and see if this matches their personal experience. I know some of you ladies are completely baffled by the ways guys behave – you don’t understand how their world works. True? Hopefully, at the end of today’s lesson, some of the mystery will be cleared.

That’s the easy one. Next week, we’ll talk about what a girl wants. We’ll see what the Bible says they want and why it says they want it. I’ll be needing lots of help with that one from Tammy!

I’m taking advantage of the “valentine” season to talk about this because I think it is an extremely important subject. I remember being your age. I wasted huge amounts of time and energy trying to figure out the mysteries of how relationships work. Hopefully these two discussions will help you learn both about yourself, and about “them.” The way men and women react is truly mysterious.

There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden (Proverbs 30:18-1)

After these two lessons, we’ll continue the theme by talking about “true love.” Is that a Biblical concept? What does the Bible say love between two people is, why it exists, and how it is designed to work.

On the fourth week, we’ll talk about God’s love for us. God’s love for us is the perfect model of true love. News flash - That deep, soul-mate feeling you are looking for is only going to be found in a relationship with God. If you don’t have that, you are never going to experience love on earth.


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