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Adam & Eve

Although our culture may try to minimize them, there are significant differences between men and women. Those differences can create great blessing or great tension. Before the fall, the man and woman complemented and fulfilled each other perfectly; there was harmony, peace and unashamed openness. When sin entered the world, everything became broken, including relationships… and especially opposite-sex relationships. When it comes to the opposite sex, we deal with frustration, misunderstanding, competition and loneliness. Through the wisdom of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit – we have the tools to navigate opposite-sex relationships in a way that will honor God and being blessing to us.

From this Series

What Every Man Needs to Know About a Woman

April 27, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 8

After creating the first man, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him.” Eve was not created to be an “assistant” to Adam, she was created to complement him (not compliment him). What is it about a woman that allows her to complement and complete a man? Peter gives an interesting command in 1 Peter 3:7 when he tells husbands to “live with your wives in an understanding way.” What does every man need to understand and appreciate about the unique design of a woman?

The Lies Women Believe

May 4, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 8

Prior to the Fall, there was unhindered community, openness, and unconditional love. All of that changed when sin entered the world and the curse fell upon us. This all happened as a result of a lie. The Evil One approached Eve and presented her with a lie, telling her that she needed something more than what God had given her. Jesus once described the Devil as “the father of lies.” Today, our culture continues to lie to women about what they really need and who they really are.

Embracing Eve

May 11, 2014 by Mark Fitch Message 3 of 8

Once we understand the feminine heart, we have a better understanding of how to really treat a woman. It is important to remember that before a woman is a girlfriend or wife, she is a daughter – the precious child of her Heavenly Father. That’s why Peter tells husbands to treat their wives as “fellow heirs of the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7). The one question every woman is asking – from the time she is a little girl – is this question: “Am I desirable?” Husbands are called by the Apostle Paul to “love their wives as Christ loved the Church.

What Every Single Person Needs to Know

May 18, 2014 by Paul McGuinness Message 4 of 8

Singleness is not an inferior state to marriage. Christianity’s founder (Jesus) and its leading theologian (Paul) were both single. In 1 Corinthians 7, the Apostle Paul describes both marriage and singleness as gifts from God. Single people must be careful that they don’t squander one gift by coveting another. Lonely, insecure, unhappy single people become lonely, insecure, unhappy married people.

Baggage Claim

May 25, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 5 of 8

We don’t just bring ourselves into a relationship, we bring our past circumstances and past relationships. We must never underestimate the power of our past. Thankfully, God’s grace and power are greater than our past, and these patterns can be confronted and broken. When dating, realize that you aren’t just dating that man or woman – you are dating their family and their history. Before marriage, we must deal with the baggage we carry from the past – through the forgiveness and healing that only Christ can offer. After marriage, when problems arise, we must realize that we may be dealing with something far more significant than just the problem at hand.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About a Man

June 1, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 6 of 8

Men are different from women, in ways that go way beyond the physical. Although our culture seeks to minimize the difference between men and women, those differences are very real. When women understand how God has created the men in their lives (husbands, sons, brothers), they will appreciate those differences rather than being offended by them or seeking to change them.

The Lies Men Believe

June 8, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 7 of 8

Today, our culture continues to lie to men about what they really need and who they really are. Because of the influences of our culture, the unique traits of manhood can be distorted; and a man’s greatest strengths can become weaknesses. Some of the lies men are tempted to believe are: “My career is my identity,” “Spirituality is for women,” “You don’t have what it takes,” “Money = love.”

Affirming Adam

June 15, 2014 by Paul McGuinness Message 8 of 8

Once we understand the masculine heart, we have a better understanding of how to really treat a man. In his book Wild at Heart, John Eldredge says it this way: “The real life of the average man seems a universe away from the desires of his heart. There is no battle to fight, unless it’s traffic and meetings and hassles and bills. The swords and castles of his boyhood have long been replaced with pencils and cubicles, the six-shooters and cowboy hats laid aside for minivans and mortgages. The question every boy and every man is asking is, 'Do I have what it takes?' Most men live their lives haunted by the question, or crippled by the answer they have been given.”