Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 17, 2019
Passage: Hebrews 13:4-6
This Sunday, Mike continued our study through the book of Hebrews by looking at how we can keep a godly character in the critical areas of sex, marriage, and finances.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Which couple do you consider as having a model marriage that is worth emulating?
2. How did you learn about how to manage your money?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message Sunday, Mike talked about how marriage should be held in high honor. What can we learn about marriage from the following passages? What do you find most challenging?
Ephesians 5:25-33 (ESV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Proverbs 31:11-12 (ESV)
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
- If you are married, what change do you want to see in your marriage going forward?
2. One of the great attacks brought upon us from our enemy is in the area of sex. What does God say about sex outside the boundary of marriage according to the following passages? What do you find most challenging?
Ephesians 5:3 (ESV)
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)
18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Matthew 5:28 (ESV)
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- Who taught you about the “birds and the bees”?
- Do you have a plan for keeping sex within God’s boundaries?
3. Money is one of the great sources of conflict among married couples. Not only can it wreak havoc on marriage relationships, money can also drive a wedge between you and the Lord. What do the following verses teach about money. What is most challenging for you in these verses?
1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Matthew 6:24 (ESV)
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV)
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- What is one piece of financial advice that you would give the 16 year old version of yourself, knowing what you know now?
- Would you say that you have learned contentment? Why or why not?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there one thing you’d especially like to remember this week?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?