August 7, 2016

Restoring God’s Plan for the Family (1). Why Get Married?

by Rev. Jeremiah Cheung

Discussion Questions

1. Marriage is an institution established by God.

In the Bible, we see at least 6 reasons why God established marriage. Genesis 1:27-28 tells us the first reason is for procreation. The Catholic Church says that these two bible verses are reasons we must not use birth control. What is your view on this?

2. Sex is God’s gift for married couples.

It is for them to enjoy the pleasure of sex. In 1 Corinthians 7:4, Paul said, “The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.” This reminds us of the importance of the sacrifice of oneself in marriage, even the right to one’s own body. In the matter of sacrifice, what areas do you need to improve on?

3. The family model is evolving.

A traditional family model is one where the husband works while the woman takes care of the home. The man goes out to earn a living for the family while the wife manages every aspect of the home and the husband need not help in anything regarding the household. But today, many wives have to work outside of the home to help augment the family income. How should the husband and the wife adjust to such changes?

4. The Bible says: “It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him”

The marriage is meant to be for more than companionship; the husband and the wife are to be coworkers. To become good coworkers, what do you think is needed?

5. How does same-sex marriage fit in?

God established marriage for the following six reasons:
(a) Procreation,
(b) Pleasure,
(c) Purity,
(d) Provision,
(e) Companionship, and
(f) Testimony.

From the six items above, in what ways do you think same sex marriage violates God’s will for marriage?