Mountain View Baptist Church


Healthy Marriage

Healthy Marriage

Series: Colossians

Category: Christian Life

Speaker: Bill Knepper


Col 3:18-19

Main Point:  Healthy marriage is built on unity of purpose and radical love.

I. Biblical submission is yielding one’s will for unity. (18)

A. Submission is not:

  1. Weakness
  2. Passivity
  3. Inferiority
  4. Subhuman

 B. Submission is:

  1. Strength
  2. Intelligence
  3. Long Range

II. Biblical love is sacrificial and thoughtful. (19)

A. Love is not:

  1. Carnal
  2. Selfish
  3. Bartered
  4. Bitter

B. Love is:

  1. Insightful
  2. Sacrificial
  3. Unconditional

III.       Biblical Marriage is two becoming one.

A. One flesh is emotional agreement.

B. One flesh is intellectual agreement.

C. One flesh is spiritual agreement.

D. One flesh is physical agreement.

Discussion Questions for Study Groups

(Read Col 3:18) Recognizing that words change over time, what has happened to the word “submission?” What are the negative things the culture says about this? What have you learned about the Biblical meaning of the word? Give some examples of the Biblical use. How does this concept help a marriage? What are the obstacles to obeying this verse? What can be done to obey?

(Read Col 3:19) Again, the culture changes the meanings of words. How has the word “love” been changed in the language of the world? When we look at the original definition of love, what does the concept of “unconditional” mean? Define what love in using words other than love. Another word for “bitter” is exasperated. What does this mean in a marriage? How does a thoughtless husband do this? What can he do to learn more about his wife’s needs?