The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – Chp 8 – Sex and Marriage

Opening Prayer

Ice Breaker: 

Resting in the Text:  Ephesians 5:18-33 (p. 19 of The Meaning of Marriage)

 Discussion Questions:

  1. 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?
  2. Some say that sex is dirty and demeaning (221-2).  How does Biblical Christianity respond to such a claim?
  3. 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?
  4. What does the biblical term “one flesh” mean (224)?
  5. How can a relationship with Jesus help a single person to remain chaste before marriage (227-9)?
  6. 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?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 7:3-5.  How should this passage be applied in the lives of married couples?
  8. Read Kathy notes at the bottom of page 233.  What are your thoughts about what she wrote?
  9. 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)?
  10. Read the last section of chapter beginning with the paragraph at the bottom of page 235 that begins “Sex is glorious.”

Closing Prayer Time

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