• Tony Birkhead

Priorities



Handle #1

We Always Protect What We Prioritize!

INTRODUCTION

Priorities always define themselves by seasons of our lives. When we’re young we place our friends as a priority. As we grow and enter new relationships our priorities change. What are the priorities that remain consistent and where does God fit into our priorities?

KEY SCRIPTURE

Genesis 2:20-24

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Luke 10:27

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

What is your favorite wedding movie? Why?

How does the world around us (culture) shape our idea of what marriage is supposed to look?

If you are single or when you were single, what kind of expectations do you/did you have towards marriage?

What kind of struggles come with keeping your priorities in order when it comes to marriage?

What does it look like to keep God first and your spouse next? How do you think a typical day would look with your priorities in this order?

What are some of the biggest challenges or struggles to keeping God first in your life?

PRAY TOGETHER

Heavenly Father, forgive us for placing our friends, relationships, and other things before You. Give us strength to place You first in every part of our lives. Help us have patience while we prepare for our two and strong marriages centered around You. Amen

MOVING FORWARD

  • Grab some paper or your phone, and jot down your top-five life priorities before you leave.

  • Start each day this week by asking God how you can make Him your top priority. If you’re married, say this prayer together.

COMMENTARY

Genesis 2:18-25

2:18-23 The theme of God providing for Adam’s needs is picked up again here, as God declared that Adam’s being alone is not good. God created the man with a need to relate to one as his complement, and now God will meet that need. Adam’s understanding of the nature of the animals he named only highlighted the differences that existed between him and the rest of God’s creatures: no helper was found as his complement. At what must have been a moment of loneliness in Adam’s life, God stepped in to create one who would perfectly meet Adam’s need. Because God took one of his ribs to use as His raw material, the woman would correspond perfectly—though not identically—to Adam. Like Adam, the woman possessed God’s image. Adam’s first recorded words express his delight with God’s handiwork and his recognition of the unique suitability of God’s last recorded creation in the creation accounts.

2:24-25 God’s timeless design for marriage is declared here. The one flesh relationship certainly involves sexual union, but also includes a husband and wife coming together in spiritual, mental, and emotional harmony. Because the devastating effects of sin had not yet ravaged nature or humanity, there was no need for clothing. Adam and Eve could live without the barriers needed to shield them from their environment and each other without a sense of shame.

#love #forgiveness

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