Before You Say I Do (Chapter 3 & 4)

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For the husband is HEAD of the wife, as Christ is head of the church, Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives should be SUBJECT to their husbands in everything [respecting both their position as protector and their responsibility to God as head of the house]. Husbands, LOVE your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless. Even so husbands should and are morally obligated to love their own wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own body, but [instead] he nourishes and protects and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members (parts) of His body. For this reason a MAN shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined [and be faithfully devoted] to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

Ephesians 5:23-31

1. Explain the three kinds of love in a relationship, and why we should not build a marriage with Philia and Eros love only. With reference to the threefold cord, explain why it is not possible for a Christian to marry a non-Christian and expect the three kinds of love to be in a marriage.
(Ephesians 5:25; Ecclesiastes4:12)

2. What is your view on the husband being head of the wife and in taking on the spiritual leadership of the house? Discuss what it means to nourish and to cherish the wife with love and care. (Titus 2:4; Eph 5:29; 1 Pet 4:8)

3. Do your parents or in-laws attempt to intrude into your marriage and how should you protect your spouse from their unhealthy criticism or demands? What are the five love languages and do you know your spouse’s or relationship partner’s love language?
(Ephesians 5:31; Galatians 5:13; 1 John 3:18 Samuel 17:36-37; Genesis 9:15)