Made for Relationships: Marriage | Genesis 2:18-25

Everything that happens in Genesis is an overflow of the goodness of God, and the creation of marriage is no exception. Timothy “TA” Ateek walks us through the story of how God made marriage in Genesis 2:18-25 and how God embeds in the story five ways we can experience His goodness in marriage.

Timothy "TA" AteekNov 6, 2022
Genesis 2:18-25

In This Series (14)
Made to Gospel Our Relationships | Genesis 3:12-13
John ElmoreNov 27, 2022
Made for a World Without Shame | Genesis 3:7-11
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 20, 2022
Made for a Different World | Genesis 3:1-7
John ElmoreNov 13, 2022
Made for Relationships: Marriage | Genesis 2:18-25
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 6, 2022
Made for Relationship | Genesis 2:18-20
John ElmoreOct 30, 2022
Made to Rest | Genesis 2:1-3
John ElmoreOct 23, 2022
Made to Flourish | Genesis 2:4-25
Blake HolmesOct 16, 2022
God’s Heart for The Nations | Revelation 7:9-17
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 9, 2022
Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 2, 2022
Great Questions Q&A Panel + MADE: to Teach | Genesis 1-3, 2 Timothy 2:24-26
John Elmore, Cassidy Webber, Brett Bruster, Steven Ateek, Alan BeamSep 25, 2022
How to Hear From God | Genesis 1:1-31
Timothy "TA" AteekSep 18, 2022
The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Genesis 1:1-5
John ElmoreSep 11, 2022
To Know God is to Worship God | Genesis 1:3-25
John ElmoreAug 28, 2022
Is Your God Too Small? | Genesis 1:1-2
Timothy "TA" AteekAug 21, 2022

Summary

If you’re feeling stuck in your marriage, you don’t need a different marriage. You need a different way of marriage that God outlines for us in Genesis 2:18-25. To taste the goodness of God in His creation of marriage, there are five keys to getting on the right path in marriage:

  • Dignify one another (Genesis 2:18)
    • To dignify is to treat someone as important, impressive, valuable, and respectable.
    • In realizing that Adam needed a partner, God showed him dignity in paying more attention to Adam’s needs than anything else in creation.
    • In calling Eve a “helper,” God showed her dignity in giving her a label that He Himself would bear 16 times in the Old Testament.
    • The way God dignified us in creation is how we should dignify each other in marriage.
    • If you leave your spouse to wonder, the evil one will tempt them to wander.
  • Regularly revisit your original commitment and don’t renegotiate it (Genesis 2:23)
    • Vows are not just a tradition or formality. They are commitments and pledges not just to stay together but to love one another until death.
    • Love isn’t something you fall in and out of – it’s something that sometimes you feel and other times you choose to do. Love is not to be renegotiated.
    • Is there someone else in this world you could probably have an easier marriage with? Probably. But is there someone else in this world you could have a more God-glorifying marriage with? No.
  • Practice oneness (Genesis 2:24)
    • You are already one in God’s eyes, so be who you already are.
    • Evaluate your rhythms, because routines lead to ruts.
    • Pursue spiritual oneness by praying for and with one another.
    • Pursue emotional oneness by establish a regular, non-negotiable date night.
    • Pursue physical oneness by moving toward having sex regularly (ask each other the questions outlined in this Sermon Guide).
  • Model and reward vulnerability (Genesis 2:25)
    • Nakedness in this verse points to complete openness and trust, being fully known and loved with nothing to hide.
    • If there’s something you’re hiding from your spouse, share it in the next 24 hours – not as a penalty, but for the sake of your joy and the wellbeing of your marriage.
  • Live on mission together
    • God’s intention for your marriage story is to point to the greater marriage story in which Jesus is the bridegroom and we are the bride (Ephesians 5:22-33).
    • One of the best things you can do is live on mission together, realizing God wants to show Himself to the world through your marriage.
    • Pray together for the lost, serve together at church, lead a Bible study, pray for unbelievers together, and make disciples together.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • If you are single, what specific ways can you pray for the married couples in your church body?
  • If you are married, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are dignifying one another as God calls us to:
    • Does your spouse feel most valued by you?
    • Does your spouse feel most important to you?
    • Does your spouse feel most respected by you?
    • Is your spouse having to compete with something or someone? If so, who or what?
    • Who or what in this world gets your best (encouragement, attention, creativity, thoughtfulness, excitement, humor, speech, etc.)?
  • What rhythms do you need to reevaluate in your marriage to avoid falling into ruts?
  • How can you live on mission together with your spouse this week?
  • Additional Scripture: Genesis 1:27-28
  • Additional Resources: Merge, re|engage