By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this Bible study, please
read the women in Christ commentary, Eve,
the Mother of All Living.
Part I. The Example of Eve, the Mother of All The Living
1. Genesis 1:26-28,31 How do you think God intended from the beginning for a married couple to relate to God, to each other, and the rest of creation?
2. Genesis 2:9, 15-17; Deuteronomy 30:15 What choice did God command the man to make? What was the consequence of disobedience?
3. Genesis 2:18, 20-23: I Corinthians 11:11-12 Basing your answer on scripture, why do you think God sculpted the first woman out of her husband’s side?
4. Genesis 1:28; 2:18, 23-25 What, according to these verses, is the purpose of marriage?
5. Matthew 19:3-6 What did Jesus teach about God’s original intention for marriage?
6. Genesis 3:7-11 How did sin (disobedience to God’s command) affect the couple’s relationship with God and their perspective toward what God called good? (Genesis 1:31)
7. Genesis 3:12-13 How did their sin affect their relationship to one another?
8. Genesis 3:14-15; Hebrews 2:9, 14-17 What promise did God make and how did he keep it?
9. Genesis 3:16-19, 22-24 What are the effects Adam and Eve experienced because of their failure to trust God enough to obey his instructions?
10. Matthew 19:8-9; Romans 1:18-32 In what ways do the curses God warned Adam and Eve about exist in today’s world, in particular in marriage relationships?
11. Romans 5:12-21; 6:1-4; Galatians 3:13 How can Jesus remove the curse and restore God’s blessing to your marriage?
12. I Timothy 2:13-14; II Corinthians 11:3;
Romans 5:14; I Corinthians 15:22, 45-49 What can Christian men and women
learn from Eve’s deception and Adam’s rebellion? How has their example
negatively influenced our perspective toward our spouses and marriages?
How does the example of Jesus influence our perspective toward our spouses
Part II. Submit to One Another
1. Ephesians 5:21; Matthew 20:24-28 All Christians are instructed to submit to one another and be servants to one another. In what ways can husbands and wives follow this teaching? What are the results of ignoring Jesus’ instructions?
2. Ephesians 5:22-33; I Corinthians 7:4-6; Philippians 2:3-5 Why is it so difficult to put another’s interests ahead of your own? How is it possible to trust your life and well-being into the care of someone else?
3. Matthew 19:3-9; I Corinthians 7:10-11, 27; Malachi 2:13-16 Why does God hate divorce? Why should Christians maintain their marriages for their lifetime?
4. Jeremiah 3:8; Matthew 19:8-9; I Corinthians 7:15 Does God ever permit divorce? Can divorce be “the lesser of two evils?”
5. I Corinthians 7:1-2, 8, 15, 35, 39-40 Is remarriage an option for a divorced Christian? What qualifiers are given?
6. I Corinthians 7:11, 17-24, 25-31, 32-35, 40 Why is it sometimes better to remain single?
7. Colossians 3:12-25; 4:1; I Peter 3:1-12
We women often feel “picked on” by the commands to respect and to submit
to our husbands. Yet, our husbands are also called upon to submit to and
to respect us their wives. Christian couples are commanded by our God to
a higher standard of selflessness than is acceptable according to the wisdom
of the world. What are the benefits, or blessings, and future hope do we
gain by striving for this excellence in marriage?
Part. III Love One Another
1. John 13:31-35 How does our love for one another within our marriages honor God?
2. I John 4:7-12 What does our love for one another reveal about our relationship with God?
3. Titus 2:3-5 What should older women teach and train the younger women to do? What happens if we fail to pass this teaching on to the next generation? How is love taught?
4. I Peter 1:22-25; I Peter 4:8, Galatians 5:6, 13-15; I John 4:19-21; 5:1-5 How closely is love toward our spouse tied to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus?
5. Matthew 18:21-35 What is the relationship between mercy and forgiveness toward your spouse and God’s mercy toward you?
6. Hebrews 4:14-16; I Peter 4:1-6, 17; 5:10-11; II Peter 1:3-11 What help and motivation does God give that enables us to persevere through the difficulties inherent in building loving relationships?
7. I Corinthians 13:4-13; Romans 12:9-21;
13:8-14 Marriage tests our commitment to practicing genuine love more than
any other human relationship. Think about how to apply these Christian
attitudes and actions within marriage.