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Vow Week 4

The Vow—4The Vow Of Purity
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his

wife, and they become one flesh.25 Adam and his wife were both naked,

and they felt no shame.Genesis 2:24-25
shame: buwsh (boosh); to be ashamed; to feel completely worthless.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were

naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for

themselves….9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I

was naked; so I hid.”Genesis 3:7, 9-10
Secrecy Is The Enemy Of Intimacy.
The Vows
Vow #1: I Promise God Will Be My First Priority And My Spouse Will Be My Second.
Vow #2: I Promise To Always Pursue My Two.
Vow #3: I Promise Our Marriage Will Be About “We” And Not “Me.”
Vow #4: I Promise To Confide In You And Not Hide From You.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as

children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all

goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the

Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but

rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8-11
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or

of any kind of impurity …Ephesians 5:3
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has

already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it

away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your

whole body to be thrown into hell.”Matthew 5:29
Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.
Proverbs 5:8
How Can I Stay Pure?
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according

to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray

from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I

might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who

confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13
Weekly Guide Questions The Vow Week Four
How would you describe what shame and secrets do for relationships?

How have you experienced this?
Share how you’ve overcome a secret. How have you been shaped by this experience?
Pastor Craig talked about steering clear of the “sin line.” Where is

this line for you? How do you stay away from it?
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Stand week 5

Standing Firm

Start your discussion by reviewing this week’s key points.

This week’s text is Daniel 3 and 1 Peter 1:7.

A faith that is tested is a faith that can be trusted.

Three qualities of standing in faith
Faith obeys God instead of following man. “If you’re committed to serving God, your spiritual enemy will give you ample opportunities to compromise your commitment.”
Faith believes in spite of what it sees. My faith says, ‘My God is willing and able!’”
Faithful obedience is our respnsibility. Outcome is God’s.
Discussion Questions

How deep do you want to take your group? Choose from these suggestions to lead your discussion.

What’s your favorite thing to cook over a fire? Steaks? S’mores? Let’s share some good campfire stories.
Have you had a bad day recently? How can something as ordinary as a bad day challenge your faith?
What was something that tested your faith this week? It can be anything from serious to silly—just share a bit about what you’ve been facing since we last met.
What hard times are you in the middle of right now? Include ones you’ve just walked out of or ones you’ll walk into soon.
Life or death religious persecution is happening in many parts of the world. What kinds of lower-risk, everyday pressures or persecution have you faced before? How did you handle it?
1 Peter 1:7 says that when your faith stays strong in trials, it honors God and helps reveal Jesus to the world. How have you seen that in someone’s life? How has someone else’s faith revealed Jesus to you?
Would you ask God to test your faith? Why or why not?
What would have happened if Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would have bowed or compromised their faith? How have you seen compromise affect your faith?
From the Source

Read through these scriptures together if you want to introduce a new angle into your discussion.

John 16:31-33
1 Peter 1:6-9
Ephesians 3:20-21
Hebrews 11:1-40
Live It Out

End with a challenge to take action. Choose a closing question to help each person identify their next steps.

Is there a trial you need to take a firm stand in? What specifically will you do differently from before?
Is there something you know God wants you to do that you need to obey? What steps will you take this week?