The Marriage on the Rock Discussion Guide is an interactive study guide for individuals or groups. While many people desperately want a marriage that works, fewer of them really believe they can experience success. Leading marriage expert Jimmy Evans will give you real-life challenges and offer easy solutions on how to have a healthy and thriving marriage. Learn how to meet your spouse's needs and make your marriage a top priority. This discussion guide is designed to be used with short teaching videos from Jimmy Evans that are available on XO Now (one month of free access to XO Now is included with purchase).
Session One | The Most Important Issue in Marriage
The most important issue in marriage is a personal relationship with God. He meets our deepest needs for acceptance, identity, security and purpose. If we don’t allow God to meet those needs, we will seek a person to do it—and we will be disappointed.
God created sex for pleasure and lifelong enjoyment in marriage, but placed parameters around sex for our protection. God gave men and women sexual differences in order to make relationships more fulfilling and dynamic.
Chronically unhappy marriages occur because one or more spouses exhibit destructive behavior. People become destructive for four reasons: simple ignorance about how to have a successful marriage, past hurts that haven’t been dealt with, bad friends and negative influences, and defensiveness.