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Face the Facts
by Timothy Mulder (eD)

The purpose of Face the Facts is to present the group with some statistics from postmodern society, and then take a look into God's Word to see what God has to say about the problem.
All scripture is taken from the New Living Translation of the Bible by Tyndale House. Each lesson is designed to last about 15-25 minutes, depending on the level of interest shown by the students.
If you have any questions regarding this study, please e-mail him.


(student handout for Divorce)
Divorce

Fact:  65% of all marriages end in divorce*

* according to www.divorcecenter.org

That means that out of ______ marriages in the U.S., ______ fail.

What is divorce?  The legal _______________ of ______________.

Why do you think so many marriages end in divorce? _______________________________
________________________________________________________________________

What does God say about divorce?

1. ________ ___________ ___________.  Malachi 2:16 – “For I hate divorce!”  says the Lord, the God of Israel.  “It is as cruel as putting on a victim’s bloodstained coat,” says the Lord God almighty, “So guard yourself.  Always remain faithful to your wife.”

2. _____ ____________ _____________ ____ _______ ________ ____ ______________.  Matthew 5:32 – “But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery.  And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

3. ___________ _____ ________ _____ ________ _____________ ________ __________ _________________ ______.  Romans 7:2 – “When a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive.  But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her.”

As a teen, what can you do to protect yourself from divorce?

-Date only Christians.  Over 75% of all Christian/non-Christian marriages wind up in divorce, while only 40% of Christian marriages wind up divorced.


(leader sheet for Divorce)
Divorce

Fact:  65% of all marriages end in divorce*

* according to www.divorcecenter.org

That means that out of 100 marriages in the U.S., 65 fail.

What is divorce?  The legal termination of marriage.

Why do you think so many marriages end in divorce?  Communication, finances, how to raise the children, people think that marriage is easier than it really is.

What does God say about divorce?

1. God hates divorce!  Malachi 2:16 – “For I hate divorce!”  says the Lord, the God of Israel.  “It is as cruel as putting on a victim’s bloodstained coat,” says the Lord God almighty, “So guard yourself.  Always remain faithful to your wife.”

2. No divorce except in the case of adultery.  Matthew 5:32 – “But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery.  And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

3. Husband and wife are bound together until death separates them.
Romans 7:2 – “When a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive.  But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her.”
 

As a teen, what can you do to protect yourself from divorce?

-Date only Christians.  Over 75% of all Christian/non-Christian marriages wind up in divorce, while only 40% of Christian marriages wind up divorced. We will talk more about dating Christians in the next lesson, Mixed Marriages.


(student sheet for Mixed Marriages)
Mixed Marriages

Fact:  75% of all mixed marriages end in divorce*
* according to www.divorcecenter.org

That means that out of 100 mixed marriages, _____ fail.

What is a mixed marriage?  A marriage between ___  ____________
and  ____   _________________.

Hmmmmm…Did you know that the Catholic church requires its members to request permission from a bishop prior to marrying someone outside of the Catholic church.?

What does God say about mixed marriages?

1. ____  ______  ____________  _____  _____________________.
2 Corinthians 6: 14 & 15 – “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers.  How can goodness be a partner with wickedness?  How can light live with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil?  How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?”

2. ____________________  _______  ________  ______________
____________.  Exodus 34:16 – “And you will accept their daughters, who worship other gods, as wives for your sons.  They will cause your sons to commit adultery against me by worshipping other gods.”

3. _______  ________  ___________   __________  ____________
_______  ___________  _________________.  Joshua 23: 12-13 – “But if you...intermarry with the survivors of these nations remaining among you, then know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive them out from your land.  Instead they will be a snare to you…and you will be wiped out from this good land the Lord has given you.”

What is the easiest way to keep from marrying a non-Christian?
_________  ____________  ___________________.


(Leader sheet for Mixed Marriages)
Mixed Marriages

Fact:  75% of all mixed marriages end in divorce*
* according to www.divorcecenter.org

That means that out of 100 mixed marriages,  75 fail.

What is a mixed marriage?  A marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian.

Hmmmmm…Did you know that the Catholic church requires its members to request permission from a bishop prior to marrying someone outside of the Catholic church.?

What does God say about mixed marriages?

1. Do not marry an unbeliever.2 Corinthians 6: 14 & 15 – “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers.  How can goodness be a partner with wickedness?  How can light live with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil?  How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?”

2. Unbelievers will lead believers astray.  Exodus 34:16 – “And you will
accept their daughters, who worship other gods, as wives for your sons.
They will cause your sons to commit adultery against me by worship-ping other gods.”

3. God will punish those believers that marry unbelievers.  Joshua 23:
12-13 – “But if you...intermarry with the survivors of these nations remaining among you, then know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive them out from your land.  Instead they will be a snare to you…and you will be wiped out from this good land the Lord has given you.”

What is the easiest way to keep from marrying a non-Christian?
Date only Christians.