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- 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
- What other lessons have you taken from this pandemic experience?
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- 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?
- How would you define unity in marriage as opposed to uniformity?
- How can you prevent one spouse “disappearing” in the marriage relationship?
- Which of Peter’s points to you find most challenging; sympathy, brotherly love, tenderness, or humility? Why?
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- What are some unique characteristics of your marriage that the Lord might use?
- How are you, or could you be, serving Christ together?
- 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?
- How do you think an outward focused marriage can benefit your relationship?
- How are you different in your communication style? How have these differences shaped your relationship, for better or worse?
- How could you, or have you, applied some of today’s principles to your communication?
- How would you like your spouse to communicate with you?
- What are one or two communication skills you’d like to improve at?
- What was your wedding ceremony like?
- What do you remember from your vows? Were yours traditional, or did you do something original?
- What is one take away you had from today’s talk?
- How is your “airframe”? How does considering your marriage as a covenant, “exchange of persons” change your perspective?
- Looking back at what grace does, how have you experienced grace with your spouse? Do you desire to be an agent of grace in your marriage? What keeps you from living in that?
Reston Bible – HomeFront Ministry – July 21, 2019
- Are you now, or have you ever, experienced rich Christian community? Explain.
- Are you now, or have you ever been or felt, isolated as a couple? Alone in the church? Explain.
- What concrete steps can you take now to deepen your roots into your faith community?
- Ask for God’s direction and keep it simple.
- Think about God’s purpose for your marriage.
- Brainstorm some core values you share as a couple (faith, prayer, hospitality, peace, service…), then select 3-5 that you both agree stand out and attach scripture passages to each.
- Optional: Develop a short phrase for each. For example, “Hospitality – Our home will be joyfully open to those the Lord brings our way.”