Intimacy in marriage is one of the most beautiful things God has given to married couples, yet perhaps one of the biggest areas of con ict and confusion in the home. That’s why Biblical intimacy in marriage must be deliberately sought, directly pursued, and deeply cultivated.
Open: Describe a couple that you have observed as having a healthy intimate relationship: Why?
Read: Genesis 2-3; Song of Solomon 4:1-5:1; 1 Corinthians 7:1-11
1. What do you nd interesting about the statement in Genesis 2 that says the man and woman were “naked and not ashamed?” Explain how this describes the beauty of marriage intimacy: Why do you believe physical intimacy is so important in marriage?
2. Why do you believe sex and intimacy are such major issues in many marriages today? Why is this especially surprising considering our highly sexualized culture? How does Genesis 3 (the fall) demonstrate the danger and dif culty of intimacy in marriage? Give a few Biblical references that prove sex outside of marriage is sin.
3. Describe how Solomon acts as an expert on intimacy and sex: What factors of intimacy stand out to you in Song of Solomon 4-5? What role does spiritual intimacy play in physical intimacy? How do knowledge and depth assist physical intimacy in marriage?
4. What are some things that you need to work on personally in order to increase your level of intimacy with your spouse?
Pray: If Married – Pray that God would lead you to enjoy the physical intimacy in your marriage that He intended.
If Single – Pray that God would protect you and lead you in a healthy view of intimacy grounded in His glory.
Memorize/Meditate: “For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” 1 Corinthians 7:4