T-Life Guide
The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating | Week 2: Gentleman's Club | April 15 - 21
Introduction
Are women a commodity? Our culture often expresses that viewpoint. In this week's message, Ronnie reveals the danger of this mindset and challenges men to embrace a biblical view of the women in their lives as we continue to explore the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating and marriage in the twenty-first century.
Main Point
Having a marriage like no one else, requires men who value and treat women like God intends.
Discussion Questions
  1. When you were growing up, who did you regard as a "real man?" What characteristics did he portray?
  2. Who in your life 'walked the walk' of respecting women? How was this person regarded by others? What was his marriage (if married) like, as far as you know?
  3. Do you agree with Ronnie's observation that women are viewed as commodities in our culture? If so, what evidence do you see? Have you seen this cultural belief creep into your own mindset? If so, how?
  4. Read 1 Peter 3:7. Is there anything in this verse that surprises you? Men are clearly called to treat women with honor. Why do you think this is difficult for many men? Is it difficult for some women to respect themselves or other women? Who do you know that does this right?
  5. Ronnie listed many areas where men could make shifts in their thinking and their behaving toward women. Some suggestions were to clean up what we listen to or what we view, and practice honoring all women. What are some other actions you could take as you strive to be more honoring toward women?
  6. Do women have a role to play in this? (hint: Ephesians 5:21-22)
Next Step Challenge
Jesus' call to treat women with esteem and honor can seem old fashioned or counterintuitive. However, if we want our dating and marriage relationships to thrive, it's a truth we can't ignore. What is at least one thing you can do this week to honor the women in your life? Will you share it with someone/another couple who will hold you accountable? Men, do you treat women like commodities, or like God intends?
Key Verse
1 Peter 3:7: Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
All Other Scripture References
1 Corinthians 13:11 John 13:34-35 Ephesians 5:25 1 Peter 3:7
For a full recap of Sunday's sermon with media, visit the The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating - Gentleman's Club page.
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