Resting in the Text: Ephesians 5:18-33 (p. 19 of The Meaning of Marriage)
- Contemporary social views on sex vary. Some see it an appetite to be quenched, others as an unavoidable evil, while still others see it as a form of self-expression (220-1). According the Christian view, what is sex for? In what context should it be exercised?
- Some say that sex is dirty and demeaning (221-2). How does Biblical Christianity respond to such a claim?
- Some believe that sex is a private affair and what individuals do in the privacy of their own home is no concern of others (222-4). This attitude is reflected in the words of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, “ The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” What is the Christian teaching about sex and community?
- What does the biblical term “one flesh” mean (224)?
- How can a relationship with Jesus help a single person to remain chaste before marriage (227-9)?
- Read the quotes from Jane Eyre on pages 229 & 230. How will training ourselves to have a similar inner dialogue help us when we face temptation?
- Read 1 Corinthians 7:3-5. How should this passage be applied in the lives of married couples?
- Read Kathy notes at the bottom of page 233. What are your thoughts about what she wrote?
- If a couple is having issues in the sexual aspect of their relationship, are those challenges likely to be the real issue or a symptom of other issues in the relationship (234-5)?
- Read the last section of chapter beginning with the paragraph at the bottom of page 235 that begins “Sex is glorious.”
Closing Prayer Time