Better Together week 1
The Hidden Truth About Relationship Success
Review this week's message.
We’ll see progress in our relationships when we humble ourselves and honor one another.
“When submitted to one another, being together makes you better.” Pastor Bil Cornelius
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
- What’s your dream vacation?
- Did you ever have a celebrity crush? If so, who?
- Do you have a favorite coffee mug? If so, what’s the story behind it.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite date night spot?
Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
- How does submitting to authority better ourselves in relationships?
- How can being married to the right person make you better?
- How should a God-centered marriage be different compared to the rest of the world?
- How can singleness be a gift? How can you use it for God?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
- What is the number one thing about your spouse that you admire? Or, what is one thing you’re looking for in a relationship?
- How can your connection with God impact your relationships with others?
- How can you show respect and love to your spouse (singles: or a loved one) this week?
- Couples: How does your and your spouse’s personalities complement one another? Singles: What complimentary personality trait do you look for in others?
Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us so sacrificially. Your perfect love has set an example that we want to replicate in our relationships. Humble us, work in us, and give us strength so that our relationships are honoring to you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Having a mentor is so important for navigating through life more effectively. If you do not have a mentor, find one so they can pour wisdom and knowledge into you. If you do have a mentor, ask them these 2 questions:
1. What do I need to do to become who God designed me to be?
2. What are my blind spots?
- Prayer is not only how we communicate with God, but it’s how we submit to him and what he wants for our lives. Take time each morning to pray or the health of your marriage (singles, pray for the health of your future spouse).
- Find someone who has what you want (job, family, success in some area), then offer to buy them coffee or a meal so you can ask them how they achieved what you aspire to and what you need to do to achieve it as well.
Love one another. 1 John 4:11 NIV
Serve one another. Galatians 5:13 NIV
Encourage one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
Confess your sins to one another. James 5:16 ESV
Warn one another. Hebrews 3:13 AMP
Pray for one another. James 5:16 ESV
Be generous to [one another]... 1 Timothy 6:18 CEV
I… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in… harmony with one another… Romans 15:5 ESV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NIV
“You will prosper and live a long, full life if you honor your parents.” Ephesians 6:3 TPT
For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority… For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. 2 Peter 2:13-17 NLT
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. Hebrews 13:17 NAS
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV