Icebreaker: What is your favorite movie?

Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to learn God's desire for our relationships.

Main Scripture: 
Matthew 7:24-27 NLT “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Discussion: 

God's greatest desire is for us to prosper in every area of our lives, even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). He wants our relationships to be a beautiful reflection of His relationship with the church. God loves us; He is for us; and He is committed to us, even when we are not committed to Him. 2 Tim 2:13 tells us that He remains faithful, even when we are unfaithful. Hallelujah! Our God is committed. This example of commitment is one that we should emulate in each of our relationships. We must determine that giving up is not an option. We choose to be committed. 

Q1 - Share a testimony of the faithfulness of God in your life?

Q2-  What does the word commitment mean to you?

Q3- How is our commitment to our spouse (or future spouse) a witness to the World?

Why Aren't Relationships Succeeding?

1. We are Unprepared

Proverbs 1:3 NLT Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

Q4- Why is instruction from the Word of God important?

Q5- What are the consequences of jumping into a relationship/marriage unprepared?

2. We are not willing to Give the Commitment it takes to succeed.

Hebrews 10: 35-36 NLT So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Q6-  Quitting in a relationship seems like the easier option; why is this a deception?

Q7- Discuss why patient endurance is so vital to successful relationships.

Commitments for Healthy Relationships:

1. Commit to Applying Everything WeLearn

Matthew 7:24 NLT Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Q8-  Why is mere "listening" to the Word a shaky foundation?

Declaration: I declare that I walk in love. I declare that I am committed to loving people the way that God loves me. I choose to be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer. I am not a quitter! I believe that if I apply God's Word to my relationships, they will be solid, healthy, and full of life!

Application: 

Married Couples: Complete the homework assigned in the #IMINLOVE packet. (packet available at the #IMINLOVE booth at Hallmark Campus before/after service)

Singles: Write down 10 commitments that you are making to God in your season of singleness (i.e. I'm committed to serve, I'm committed to live a pure life, etc.)