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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our April 14, 2019 message, Maintaining Marital Commitment.


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Pastor Doug’s message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 from his message, we see:  


  • Remember the A-B-A format in 1 Corinthians 7

    • A – Paul’s advice to the married and formerly married: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:1-16).

    • B – Paul’s guiding principle: Remain in the state in which God called you (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)

    • A – Paul’s advice to the virgins and widows: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:25-40).

Exposition (1 Corinthians 7:1-16)

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-5: Paul commands husbands and wives to mutually and consistently give of themselves sexually to one another.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:6-9:  Paul’s recommendation that widowers and widows remain single is qualified by individual giftedness.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-11: Paul commands believing husbands and wives to remain together and not to remarry another person if they do divorce.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:12-16: Paul counsels a believer to remain with an unbelieving spouse, who is willing to stay in the marriage unless the unbelieving spouse chooses to divorce the believing spouse

Key Takeaways:  

Believing spouses should pervasively pursue a sacrificial commitment to either their believing and unbelieving spouses, as they rest in the sovereign lordship of Christ



  1. Re-read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. Remind yourself of the major themes in this section?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1. Paul seems to be dealing with two issues that were present in the Corinthian church. The two issues were hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure as the primary goal of life) and asceticism (the avoidance and abstinence of sensual and earthly pleasures). How do you see both extremes in our culture?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:2. According to this verse, why might someone choose to marry?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:3. According to this verse, what are a husband and a wife to give to one another?

  5. 1 Corinthians 7:4 gives the reason for the previous question. What is Paul’s reasoning?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:5. Paul gives a condition in which the expectations of verses 1 Corinthians 7:3-4 may be altered. What is the condition?

  7. Read 1 Corinthians 7:6-7. Paul seems to give a suggestion the Corinthians versus giving them a command. What is the difference? From this verse, what is Paul’s suggestion? What is the exception?

  8. Read 1 Corinthians 7:8. What is Paul’s instruction given to singles and widows?

  9. Read 1 Corinthians 7:10-11. What is the instruction? Is this a suggestion or a command?  

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 7:12-14. Paul discusses the situation of a believer being married to an unbeliever. What should the believer do if the unbelieving spouse wants to remain married? What is the reason?

  11. Read 1 Corinthians 7:14. For the unbelieving husband…wife…childrenmade holy…are holy does not me that they are saved by association with the believer. So, what does Paul mean by this statement?

  12. Read 1 Corinthians 7:15. If the unbelieving spouse leaves the marriage, what should the believing spouse do?


  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross-centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.


  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?


  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Malachi 2:14; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19, and 1 Peter 3:1-7