Survivor, Part 4 – Lessons Learned on the Island

 July 17, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. Which of these lessons have you experienced in this tribulation?
    • God’s kindness is evident even in trials
    • There is beauty in simplicity
    • I can live with less stuff
    • Community is worth fighting for
    • The lost and vulnerable are all around us
  2. What other lessons have you taken from this pandemic experience?

Survivor, Part 3 – Fighting for Perspective

July 9, 2020

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Discussion Questions

  • Can you share how a time of tribulation has impacted your marriage?
  • Which of these perspectives on tribulation is most challenging for you? Tribulation…
    • Cannot separate us from God’s love
    • Is worked out in community
    • Is not to be feared
    • Should be rejoiced over (spiritual formation, advancement of the gospel)
    • Prepares us for service
    • Can be a sign of spiritual warfare
    • Can be God’s correction of sin
    • Is a powerful testimony when responded to through a godly perspective
  • How would you counsel another couple that is seeking perspective in the midst of a trial?

Survivor, Part 2 – Fighting for Unity

 June 26, 2020  Mike Meyers HomeFront

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Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define unity in marriage as opposed to uniformity?
  2. How can you prevent one spouse “disappearing” in the marriage relationship?
  3. Which of Peter’s points to you find most challenging; sympathy, brotherly love, tenderness, or humility? Why?

New 4-Part Marriage Series – “Survivor” – Part 1: Fighting for Peace

 June 19, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. How can you cultivate an atmosphere of love in our home? Be specific.
  2. What can you do to strengthen yourself in the joy of the Lord in the midst of storms, and fight off the panic?
  3. How have you seen God’s faithfulness in the midst of our current trials or a trial you have been through previously?

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 14 – Affair Proofing

April 26, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. Which of these points had the most impact in your mind: the soil of an affair, the three phases, or the affair proofing steps?
  2. How have you seen this play out in your experience (personally or observed)?
  3. Have you discussed boundary setting? If so, what boundaries have you created that might be helpful to others?
  4. Has this talk helped you identify any vulnerabilities in your defenses? Explain.

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 13 – Cleared for Takeoff – Intimacy in Marriage

April 19, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. Wife/husband do you understand the three points Mike & Patricia shared that wives/husbands need to know? (Points listed below) What question do you have about these for your husband/wife that might help you understand?
  2. Which of these ideas is most difficult for you to embrace?
  3. What has been your experience with these truths in your marriage?

Three Things Husband/Wives Need to Know and Embrace

For the husbands

  • Be a companion not a hookup.
  • Cherish without ulterior motives.
  • Use your words.

For the wives

  • Value sex as a vital component, not an accessory.
  • Your husband feels emotionally close through physical closeness.
  • We like to be pursued sometimes as well.

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 12 – Parenting from the Same Page

 April 5, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. What would a “vision” for parenting include?  What words would you use to describe the goal?
  2. Parents, what is, or was, your area of greatest disagreement when it comes to parenting? How have you worked those out?
  3. What are some principles for parenting, in your view?
  4. How does/could viewing your role as disciplemaker change your approach to parenting?

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 11 – Marriage on Purpose

 March 27, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are some unique characteristics of your marriage that the Lord might use?
  2. How are you, or could you be, serving Christ together?
  3. What are you, or can you be, doing as a couple to give of yourselves to friends, extended family, neighbors, and other members of the larger community?
  4. How do you think an outward focused marriage can benefit your relationship?

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 10 – You Gotta Have Faith

March 21, 2020   

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Discussion Questions

  1. Are we on the same page on spiritual matters (prayer, giving of time, talents, or treasure, church attendance, community connectedness, time in the Word, etc)?
  2. Ask your spouse; how can I encourage you in your relationship with the LORD?
  3. How can we abide in Christ together? In what ways can we blend our spiritual love languages*, and learn new languages?*Song, acts of service, nature, solitude, ritual/tradition, study, giving/gratitude

Annual Maintenance Check: Part 9 – Crisis Management – Conflict in Marriage

 February 23, 2020   

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you fight about? Why? How often? What is the typical outcome?
  2. How have you, or could you, employ the “conflict defusers” we heard about today?
  3. What other strategies or principles have helped you navigate conflict?