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We ALL want to be loved... but healthy, fruitful relationships are incredibly hard and take a ton of work! In this series, we'll explore some of the most challenging aspects of relationships and see how Jesus transforms us, and our relationship goals. This 9-part series was preached in January-March, 2019 at Missio Dei Church in Asheville, NC.

Part One: Where Are You?

Various Passages / Bryan Robbins
January 20, 2019
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Discussion Questions: 

1. Where am I today?
2. Who do I most often look to for identity instead of Jesus? 
3. Which relationship is the biggest struggle right now? Why?
4. How might a vital relationship with God through Jesus strengthen and empower me to pursue vital relationships with others?

 

Part Two: Ground Rules (Men)

Various Passages / Bryan Robbins
January 27, 2019
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Discussion Questions: 

1. What's keeping me from bending my knee to Jesus so I can stand up to be the man I'm called to be?
2. Where do I (or men in my life) struggle to embrace the responsibilities God has entrusted to me?
3. How does seeing Jesus crucified and resurrected for me empower me to step into my calling?
4. What would change in my life if I embraced these responsibilities with God's strength?

 

Part Three: Ground Rules (Women)

Various Passages / Bryan Robbins
February 3, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Who or what am I letting shape my identity?
2. Where do perfectionism and comparison rob me of joy and contentment?
3. How can surrendering myself to Jesus enable me to rest instead of striving?
4. What could change in my life and family if I walked humbly in greater fear of the Lord?

 

Part Four: Foundations of Friendship

Various Passages / Bryan Robbins
February 10, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. When do I most deeply feel the need for good friends?
2. What kind of friends do I have? What kind of friend am I?
3. How does friendship with God, granted to me through Jesus, free and empower me to be the kind of friend others need?
4. Who in my life needs a good friend?

 

Part Five: Learning to Love (Differences)

Various Passages / Bryan Robbins
February 17, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Who in my life is a struggle to love? Why?
2. Where am I resistant to the practice of love outlined in 1 Corinthians 13?
3. How can embracing the love of Jesus for me empower me to love other people no matter how different they are?
4. What is one thing I can do this week to take a step towards this kind of love?

 

Part Six: How to Fight Fair (Conflict)

Ephesians 4: 17-32 / Mark Knox
February 24, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Am I still walking in futility? Do I need to be taught in Jesus?
2. What would happen if I made a conscious to renew my mind in the truths about Jesus Christ?
3. Understanding that my old self has been decisively removed and my new self already put on in Christ, how does this help me daily putting off the deeds of the flesh now?
4. Which of these relational areas is a real struggle for me? What renewing truths do I need to apply? Where do you need God to be working in your life?

 

Part Seven: The Pursuit (Romance)

Song of Solomon 7
March 3, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Where do I struggle to express my love toward my significant other?
2. Which aspect of romantic pursuit is most important to me?
3. How does the gospel free me and empower me both to express and experience romantic love?
4. What is one thing I can do this week to pursue my significant other more intentionally?

 

Part Eight: Business Time (Sex)

Genesis 1-2, Song of Solomon 4
March 10, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Which has shaped my view of sex more — culture or Scripture? Why?
2. Where is the baggage in my past (or present) that needs Jesus’ forgiveness, healing, and restoration?
3. How does Chris liberate me to enjoy the pleasures of physical intimacy in the proper context?
4. What is one step we can take this week to honor God and serve one another?

 

Part Nine: Legacy (Covenant)

Ephesians 5
March 17, 2019
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Discussion Questions:

1. Where am I (or where are we) going? What is my vision for the future of my marriage?
2. How can I use the time I’ve been given to cultivate health in my relationships?
3. What may keep me from being faithful to the promises I’ve made?
4. How can trusting in the covenant promises of Jesus strengthen me to fulfill my vows?