Marriage: the Profound Mystery
 
STUDY 1
In the Beginning
STUDY 2
Paradise Lost
STUDY 3
God's Covenant Love
STUDY 4
Greatest Love Song
STUDY 5
Bridegroom arrives
STUDY 6
Profound Mystery
STUDY 7
Marriage of the Lamb

STUDY 1: FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION

Part 1: From the Beginning of Creation

Marriage – The Profound Mystery

 

A seven-part biblical study on marriage from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations Discipleship and Evangelism Commission

Watch the Video below and then either in a group or as an individual reflect on the questions below. 

Study 1 – From the Beginning of Creation (Marriage in Genesis 1 and 2)

 

1) Read Gen 2:18.  It is not good for man to be alone (the first ‘not-good’ in history).

 

We were created for relational oneness just as God is one God in relationship – Father Son and Holy Spirit. For human beings to be created in his image, they will live in covenant relationships. God is love and the one-flesh union of marriage reflects the communion within the Godhead. It is the way God is in his most central being!

 

Think on what this means for you        

 

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2) Men and women are complementary in relationships even outside of marriage. Unmarried people still live in fullness in relationships as they relate male to female.

 

How do you see this complementarity working out?

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3) Leaving of parents is the severance of the strongest human bond from the people who brought us life. Therefore marital union is above all other personal loyalties. It means that the primary loyalty of the marriage is to each other, and no longer with parents (or friends, children or anybody else).

 

What dangers are there if this “leaving and cleaving” does not take place?

 

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4) Being joined or united through the physically sexual union is not just a symbol. It is powerful and the marriage is renewed in ways far beyond the physical act of sex. This one flesh union is a fusion of a man and woman in a fully shared mutual experience with mutual honouring care.

 

Do we fear such full union with our spouse in marriage?

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5) Sexual union is for a man and a woman within marriage. Any other expression of sexuality is called sexual immorality (and sin). There is not sex within marriage and sex outside of marriage. Sex in marriage is marriage – everything else is sin!

 

How does this contrast to the views of the world around us?

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6) “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame”. Gen 2:25. This nakedness is first and foremost physical. They weren’t embarrassed about their bodies in front of the other. “No shame” in nakedness doesn’t just mean physically, it means to be ‘naked in spirit’. Completely exposed in thought, word and deed. No secrets, just honesty, openness, vulnerability and joy.

 

Think on the marvel of God’s creation (not just the universe, but the nature of relationships as He made them). 

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