Date: October 20, 2018 (Special Messages)
Bible Text: Ephesians 4:25-32 | Pastor Doug Connell
Series: WCC Marriage Conference 2018
Pastor Doug—Communicating for the Glory of God in Your Marriage: Ephesians 4:25-32
- 4 Communication Principles that Glorify God*
- Be ______________ (Eph. 4:25)
- Keep ______________ (Eph. 4:26-27)
- Address the ______________, do not attack the ______________ (Eph. 4:29-30)
- ______________, don’t ______________ (Eph. 4:31-32)
- A ‘good marriage’... A. who you are now, in Christ, and…B. who you were before God saved you through your faith in Jesus.
- 3 answers from Ephesians 1:3-4
- 3 answers from Ephesians 2:1-3
- The Gospel Should Impact Your Communication
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ is...
- … ______________ and ______________ (Eph. 2:13-16)
- … ______________ for the purpose of ______________ (Eph. 2:17)
- … for ______________ and ______________ (Eph. 2:18-19)
- God’s ultimate purpose in marriage is for...
QUESTIONS for DISCUSSION:
- What is the only thing Satan needs to destroy a marriage?
- Which issues do you confront and which issues do you cover with love? How do we determine what we should address, or not?
- What was the most recent encouragement you received? What true, edifying, and encouraging words can you say or write to your spouse? When will you do it? How often do you think your spouse would appreciate this type of encouragement or affirmation?
- Ask your spouse: “What words do I commonly use that you would prefer I stop using?”
- Who are you “in Christ”? Who were you before God saved you?
- What did Jesus’s work on the cross unify and destroy?
- What’s the difference between ‘peace-keeping’ and ‘peacemaking’?
- When you remember the gospel is for both of you, what impact should that have on your marriage? On your communication in your marriage?
*Material adapted from ACBC’s 2014 Counseling and Discipleship Training, in Beaverton, OR, at Southwest Hills Church; other iterations appear in materials by Wayne Mack and Jay Adams, and (more recently) Rob Green’s mini-booklet Can We Talk?