Even Better Than Eden: Ch. 5, Bridegroom, Quote 1
“…the original, and still primary, purpose or aim of marriage in God’s world is to serve the purposes of God in the world.” p. 78
What is marriage meant to be, in light of the work that God asked Adam to do? Is this limited to married couples? How can this transcend earthly marriage to include all believers? Considering this, would you say this purpose is descriptive of your marriage? How?
Women: What’s your first response to the idea that you were created to be a helper for your husband?
Men: What’s your response to the idea that you need help?
If you are married, which do you tend towards: a marriage that is heavily focused on the relationship at the expense of mission or a marriage focused on the work at the expense of the relationship? What are ways you can bring it back into balance?
If you are not married, think about this in terms of your relationship with your heavenly Bridegroom. Which one characterizes your relationship with Him—are you heavy on the relationship experience or on the mission/work/service aspect? What are ways you can bring it back into balance?
Pick one (or more!) and share your thoughts!