4Marriage isLeaving‑‑No longer has authority over, Forsake, leave, looseCleaving—To cling, to cleave, to keep closeOne flesh—One body, one in the sameOpenness
5Marriage & Family is God's Idea Commitment is essentialRomance is important in marriageMarriage is best for raising children (godly offspring)
6God is for Marriage Marriage is to be permanent Unfaithfulness breaks the bonds of trustDeath is the only breaker of marriage as God designedMarriage is based on practice of love and not feelings Ephesians 5:21‑33
7Marriage is a symbol of Christ and the church For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Ephesians 5:23 ESVThis mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:32 ESV
8III. Preparation for marriage: Must be made starting back as infantsChildren learn from parents greatlyPreparation for marriage
9How do you keep the love alive CommitmentBeing the mate God wants you to beDetermine that you will not break that vow
104 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 ESV
11Know definition of true love For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. JOHN 3:16. (KJV)
12Know the results of Godly love Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. …13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 NIV
13Concentrate on Responsibility-NOT RIGHTS I am responsible to SpouseI am responsible totreat her with lovehim with respect
14Dating: Always potential mate Proper maturityEstablished a standard and determined not to break themSpiritually—Christian and determined to do God's willKnow that God owns your body
15When is a person old enough to date? Know what God says about marriageWilling to follow God's truthWilling to loose dates in order to not break that standard
16Learn how to stay pure Find out where the other is spiritually Must not be based on the physicalIf physical becomes the foundation, all else will struggle
17God's standard of human make up‑‑in that order SpiritualSoulBodysatan always reverses God's order
18Family is God’s Idea God created man and woman When God made marriage, it is bestWhat makes up a familyWhen do you start a family?
19What picture of Christ and the Church are you portraying?
20What picture of Christ and the Church are you portraying?