For dinner conversation, find out your kids’ thoughts about marriage. Ask them some questions:
• Is it better to be married or single?
• What is the best age to get married?
• How should you decide who to marry?
• How would you make a marriage work?
• Describe the person you would like to marry.
Marriage is God’s idea. He gave Adam someone to love (Eve) and someone who could love him back. God cares about who you marry.
Run a three-legged race to introduce the idea of marrying believers. Pair up kids and tie one of each kid’s legs together with a scarf—except have them facing opposite directions. When you say go, instruct them to run as fast as they can toward the designated finish line.
What happened? (We fell down; we were going opposite directions and couldn’t go anywhere; etc.)
Why was it hard to run toward the finish line? (We were going in two different directions.)
Read 2 Corinthians 6:14.
What does the Bible say about being yoked (joined) together with unbelievers? (Don’t do it.)
Run the race toward the finish line (again), but this time with each pair holding hands.
It is easier to get to the finish line if you are both going the same direction. God wants a believer (one who believes in Jesus and follows Him) to marry another believer. Then they will be going in the same direction, serving God together.
Review the Bible verse that students began learning—Ephesians 5:21. This verse says we are to submit to each other.
What does the word submit mean? To submit means to yield to someone else. When we submit, we show respect for and do what is being asked of us.
Why does this verse tell us we should submit to others? When we submit to others, we are showing honor and respect to God. Just as one driver yields to the other driver and lets him or her go first, we are to yield to others. We don’t always have to be first or have things our way. In a family, we are to think of others.
Make a family challenge. Say the verse together every time you see a yield sign.