The Sanctity of Marriage

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Malachi 2:10-16
Series: Malachi: God's Unchanging Love

Sermon Notes

  1. The Problem of Marrying Unbelievers (vv. 10-12)
  2. The Problem of Divorce (vv. 13-16)

Discussion Questions

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  • Did you listen to the sermon?
  • Describe a marriage that you admire.


  1. Read Genesis 2:19-25. Discuss what you learn about marriage from these verses. Who is it for?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:22-23. What do we learn here about marriage? Be specific.
  3. Discuss the Bible’s description of marriage: one man and one woman for life. Any exceptions in the Bible?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 6:14. What does it mean to be “unequally yoked”? Does this apply to marriage? Business relationships? Other relationships? Why? Why not?
  5. Read Deuteronomy 7:1-4. Why does God forbid His people to marry unbelievers? Discuss.
  6. Read Matthew 19:1-11. What does Jesus say about marriage in these verses?
    • Discuss how He clarifies Moses’ command in Deuteronomy 24.
    • What are the implications of what Jesus says here for gay marriage?
    • What are the implications for divorce?
    • When is divorce permitted according to Jesus? Not permitted?
  7. Read Malachi 2:10-16. Why does the Bible use such strong language about divorce? Why does the Bible call marriage a “covenant”? What does this mean?
  8. Look through 1 Corinthians 7. Under what circumstances, biblically, is someone free to remarry? Be specific.


Spend time praying for marriages and singles.

Posted on November 16, 2014 and filed under Malachi.