Cornerstone- Marriage & Family

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

God wants to bless every part of our lives, but we can only experience that blessing when we build with Jesus as our cornerstone. Building our marriage on the Cornerstone means treating our spouse like Jesus treated us; selflessly serving.

2.Bible Verse & Talking Point

Philippians 2:3-5 (ESV)

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

Q: Husbands, your wife needs to feel loved and secure. What can you do this week to serve her?

Q: Wives, your husband needs to feel respected and supported. What can you do this week to serve him?

3. Application

Romans 5:7-8 (NLT)

“Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

Jesus loved and served first, before we loved Him. A marriage built on the Cornerstone means choosing to be loving to a wife, even when she’s disrespectful, and choosing to be respectful to a husband, even when he’s unloving.

4. Wrap up Discussion

Q: When we meet our spouse’s deepest needs, will they be more likely or less likely to meet ours? 

Q:  If they don’t reciprocate right away, should we give up or keep serving?

5. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you to serve one another by thinking of the needs of others before your own needs.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Activity

Have you ever tried to give yourself a back massage? (Ask your child to try it.) It doesn’t work so well, does it? It works a lot better when somebody else does it. (Have members of your family take turns massaging each other’s backs.)

2. Bible Verse

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT)

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

3. Application & Talking Point

If we want our family to be built on Jesus as the cornerstone, we have to love our family like Jesus loves. That means we should put the needs of others ahead of our own needs.

Q. What’s something you could do to serve a family member?  (A. Say kind things, help with chores, etc.)

Q. When someone else massaged your back, did that make you want to hurt them or help them?  (A. Help them.)

4. Wrap up Discussion

When we do things to serve and love our family members, we motivate them (define: “motivate” if necessary) to serve and love us.

5. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you to serve one another by thinking of the needs of others before your own needs.

 

Family Devotional 3-26-17 pdf download

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