Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Matthew 19:3-9, Ephesians 5:22-33, and 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Understanding the Covenant of Marriage: “The two will become one flesh” 1 Corinthians 6:16
***Sexual intimacy expresses the “one flesh” covenant (commitment) between a husband and wife. Ephesians 5:22-33 show this “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment in action and its glorious display of the Gospel.
***Sexual immorality distorts the “one flesh” covenant meant for a husband and wife. Any sexual thoughts or actions toward someone who is not your spouse cheapens and mocks this significant covenant and the picture of the Gospel it was created to display.
***Students should hold marriage in high esteem by treating one another as brothers and sisters. We should guard one another’s purity in preparation for this Christ-exalting covenant through what we think, say, and do
Why do you think marriage is so important to God? How does the description in Ephesians 5:22-33 show how a marriage’s “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment between a husband and wife point to Jesus’ “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment to the Church?
Do you feel like our culture has a cheapened view of the covenant of marriage and sexual intimacy? Why? What do you see as the relationship between our cultures’ cheapened view of marriage and its cheapened view of sexual intimacy?
What can you do to remind yourself of the grand significance of God’s plan for the covenant of marriage? What ways will holding a high view of marriage practically impact your decisions when it comes to sexual thoughts, words, and actions? How will this be worship to God?
In what ways do thinking about sexual purity remind you of your need for the Gospel? How does the phrase in verse 20 “you were bought with a price” encourage you and spur you on to want to “glorify God in your body”? How does the truth in verse 19 that the Holy Spirit is within believers give you hope as you look towards guarding yourself for marriage and eventually enduring in the commitment of marriage?
How does treating each other like brothers and sisters help us guard this future covenant? Is there anyone you know of, or that you have seen on a screen, that you need to treat like a brother or sister in how you think about, talk to, and act towards?
What is a specific action(s) you can take to guard your Christian brothers’ and sisters’ purity in preparation for marriage? What would you like to be able to communicate to your brother or sister’s future spouse about how you have sought to guard their mind, heart, and body?