2 – A Loving Heart
1. Guard your heart in relationships
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
“…don’t arouse or waken love until it so desires.” Song of Solomon 2:7
“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.… Read the rest
1 – A Confused Heart
1. Love, Relationships and Sex is Everywhere
Result: High knowledge, low wisdom
2. Sexual messages are confusing
Result: Alone, Confused, Frightened
1. God created man and woman
“He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.… Read the rest
Me + You
1 – God’s Original Design
“All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” Isaiah 53:6
“Leave your simple ways and you will live. Walk in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6
1. Realize the power of God’s love
“Long before He laid down earth’s foundation, God had us in mind. He settled on us as the focus of His love.” Ephesians 1:4
2. Celebrate the uniqueness of your design
“People knew God perfectly well, but while they didn’t treat Him like God. Refusing to worship Him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion. … Read the rest
Make Your Mark
2 – Love
“He [God] has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Treat offenders or those in distress with Godly compassion.
1. Love mercy because of God’s character
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” Exodus 34:6
“The Lord is slow to anger and rich in unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.” Numbers 14:18a
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!… Read the rest
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Week 1 – Thirsty for Treasure
Key Scripture: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” – John Piper
“Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” …Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.… Read the rest
6 – Consequential Love
Key scripture: 1 Kings 11:1-10
It doesn’t matter so much your intentions when you start but the reality of your life when you end.
That the decisions you are making today do determine your tomorrows.
“For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem.” – 1 Kings 11:5-7
“And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods.… Read the rest
5 – Committed Love
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 7
We are all in relationships, but there is no one on earth who can meet all your needs or give you the intimacy we desire.
1. If you think something good, say it.
“How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.” – Song of Solomon 7:1-3
“Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.” – Song of Solomon 7:5
“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.… Read the rest
Silly Love Songs
3 – Sharp Dressed Man
Key Scripture: “So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
Your identity shapes your actions. What you believe determines how you behave.
“The Lord God said: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’” – Genesis 2:18
Guys are PHYSICAL.
Girls are RELATIONAL.
Guys are VISUAL.
Girls are VERBAL.
Guys tend to THINK their emotions; girls tend to FEEL their emotions.
The Bible describes men as:
- The Warrior
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.… Read the rest
Silly Love Songs
Week 1: Just the Way You Are
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32
- God’s design is unique
“You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous, and how well I know it. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They are innumerable. I can’t even count them. They outnumber the grains of sand. When I wake up in the morning, You are still with me.” – Psalm 139:13-14, 17-18
- God’s plan is for relationships
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.… Read the rest