The Final Chapter: When Sinners Say Goodbye: Time, Aging, and our Glorious Hope

  • Saturday, April 26, 2008

  • Deb and I have been married for over 35 years and are still learning about how to have a Christ-centered, Gospel-preaching, God-glorifying, Bible-saturated marriage. I meet each week with a man who has been married nearly 30 years longer than I have and have learned that at 60 plus years or marriage, it still is a learning process. Dave Harvey says a maturing marriage is one that sees all the way to the finish line and beyond. We do not know what our future holds with health, wealth, or life but this chapter reminds us that we must be prepared for temporary trials up to loss. Are you prepared? Does your marriage exist and point others to the day we have feast at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? What glory is set before us as sinners who said, “I do.”

    1. If you missed our Faith Family Forum last summer where we had 3 couples who each have been married over 60 years, you missed a very rich experience. Do you know of an older couple whose marriage you admire? What do you admire about them? Why not buy them a cup of coffee or lunch and talk to them about their marriage? (We also have a DVD recording of our time at the Family Forum which you can check out for viewing – see Pastor George)

    2. How did the story of Mark and Carol impact you? What can you learn from it for where your marriage is right now?

    3. How do you need to view your marriage differently in light of reading this chapter?

    4. How can you and your spouse prepare for the inevitability of death?

    5. What did you learn from Jere’s story in the chapter?

    6. In reviewing the entire book, which chapter do you need to go back and re-read? Why?

    Check out Dave Harvey's short message on this chapter:


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