Here are four great Bible studies for married and even engaged couples to do together.
A triple cord
I believe that Solomon may have displayed some of his greater wisdom in the Book of Ecclesiastes, especially when he wrote “although one man can win against one, two will resist him – a triple rope does not break quickly”(Eccl 4:12). The context of this was in the previous verse where he wrote that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. Because if they fall, we will raise up our fellow man. But woe to the one who is alone when he falls and who has no other to pick him up”(Eccl 4: 9-10)! The point is that if you have two cords you can easily separate the two, but if there is a third cord added to them that makes it a triple cord and it is much stronger and it makes it much stronger. hard to break (Eccl 4:12). I would say these verses emphasize that it is not one chord another until a third chord is added; otherwise it’s just two strings. Alone, it’s even worse, because it’s just a bit. One is a strand, two is a rope, and a third is a triple rope. This “third timeWould obviously be the Lord God, who organized many marriages through the intermediary of biblical counselors and living together in the Word of God, as a couple. The Book of Ecclesiastes would make an excellent Bible study for couples, but for married couples, the Song of Songs might even be better.
Love and respect
What do men and women want the most? Women would tell you it’s to be loved and not just to say they are loved but to show that they are. Some men keep quiet to express their love audibly while others keep quiet to express it in action. In the truest sense of the word, women need to hear that they are loved but also that they are shown that they are loved. As for men, it is good to hear that they are loved and that their spouse or girlfriend shows it to them but more importantly, that they seek respect. A respected man will feel loved and a loved woman will feel respected. We were created to complement each other or to fill areas where we lack strength. A woman’s strength can be a compliment to a man’s weaknesses, and a man’s strength can complement a woman’s weaknesses. Together, they are able to do more as a couple. The woman’s need to be loved and the man’s desire to be respected may be why Paul summed up that part of the Ephesians which covered marriage (Eph 5: 22-33) with its conclusion, “may each of you love his wife as himself, and may the wife see that she respects her husband(Eph 5:33).
Walk with god
If you are married to an unbeliever, you might have the most difficult of all marriages, as the two cannot walk together easily if they disagree with each other on many different matters. These issues can be child rearing preferences, lifestyle, priorities, and whether or not to put God first (Matthew 6:33). It is also the teaching of Scripture where Amos the prophet writes “Walk in pairs, unless they have agreed to meet”(Amos 3: 3)? Many biblical heroes walked with God, which meant that they were totally in accord with Him. We know that “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him”(Gen 5:24) meaning that Enoch was in such complete agreement with God that God saw that he was ready to be with the Lord and then,“ he was no more ”on the earth. I believe the reason God spared Noah and his family was because “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation” like “Noah walked with God»(Gn 6, 9). What does it mean to walk with God? It means that you are in accord with God, that you are not walking behind His sovereign will for your life and that you are not walking before Him, trying to make your own will prevail over that of God and walking with God and without. running ahead or behind Him, you agree on what He wants for your life.
Two are better than one
God saw that it was not good that the man was alone (Gen 2:18) and that the woman was not alone either. It’s not my opinion, but it’s from the Word of God, the Bible. The reason is that God created us to have fellowship and relationship with others, especially with Him. There are advantages to being in a relationship or to being two rather than one. For one thing “if two are lying together they warm up, but how can you warm up alone. And although one man can win against one, two will resist him – a triple rope does not break quickly.. “(Eccl 4: 11-12). I think the third part of this” threefold chord “refers to God Himself because He is the One who unites the two and they become one flesh as it is said in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”, Something Jesus referred to about marriage on more than one occasion (Mark 10: 8). Not only would Jesus’ teachings on marriage and divorce be an exceptional Bible study for married couples, but they would for any couple.
Hope this at least gives you some ideas on what to study as a couple. I suggest going through the Bible together, then stopping to reflect and meditate on what has just been read. One person can see something the other missed, so two are really better than one since “a man (or woman) could prevail against the one who is alone [but] two will resist him [and] a triple cord does not break quickly(Eccl 4:12), especially if this third string is God Himself.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.