Among the fastest-selling books of all time, Fifty Shades of Grey has swept through the imaginations of American women "many of them married" with force. But such novelties are nothing new. Men and women both have sought titillating escape since the beginning of time. As James Parker wrote in an Atlantic article, "Above all, we fear numbness. We fear deadness" in our sex lives. In a world desperate for a turn-on, where does a faithful Christian marriage fit? Is it the epitome of "numbness" and "deadness"? A graveyard for romance and pleasure? Far from it, says Megan Hill. By God's design, marriage can be the ultimate place for passion–long after the thrill of fantasy fades.
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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26-30; Genesis 2:18-23; Genesis 3:14-19; Genesis 5:1-2; Song of Songs 4:1-7; Song of Songs 5:10-16; Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Matthew 8:19-20; Ephesians 5:21-33; Hebrews 10:24
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one:God created husbands and wives to display his Image together.
Teaching point two:Our gender differences create desire as well as conflict.
Teaching point three:The mystery of our oneness reflects the mystery of our relationship with Christ.
Teaching point four:We are drawn together by promise and possibility.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLES FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "A Holy Tension," by Megan Hill, March 2013