How Can You Help People Who Face Conflict in Marriage? featuring Chip Ingram

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This is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen on marriage. All I can say is that I am so glad we don't have any "marriage translators" in my house!

That clip may be a great ice breaker to get people talking in your group. You can download " The Marriage Translators" by searching the title at RightNow Training, click "Download Illustration" and show it to your group.

How often do people talk about marriage issues in your group? Are people open and honest about their problems?
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I really appreciate Adam and Brooke's story because they are completely honest about how hard marriage can be. As you watch the video, I want you to focus on the issues that Adam and Brooke are dealing with.

I have to admit it ... I could totally see myself pulling the airport joke that Adam did. I can also relate to the idea of wanting my spouse to just be my buddy if times are getting tough. What are some of the issues that resonate in your own marriage? Did you see anything that some of the couples in your group may be struggling with?
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Chip Ingram is a pastor, author, and teacher with more than 25 years of practical ministry experience. His teaching can also be heard through hundreds of radio and television outlets worldwide. In this clip, Chip gets right to the core of the problem...our own sin.

Chip said that sin turns us from being others-centered to self-focused. What kind of damage can a self-focused attitude have on a marriage?
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What are some ways you have seen sin hurt or damage the marriages in your group?
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Chip gives us 5 insights from Ephesians to help us deal with conflict in our marriages. This teaching will be helpful to you, but I also want you to take some notes because you will be able to help some of the people in your class apply this directly to their marriages.

Chip talked about these 5 very important principles:
  • 1. Be Honest - speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15,25)
  • 2. Be Angry - deal with anger appropriately (Eph. 4:26-27)
  • 3. Be Diligent - work hard on your relationship Eph. 4:28)
  • 4. Be Positive - don't wound with your words (Eph. 4:29-31)
  • 5. Be Forgiving - be the first to say, "I'm sorry" (Eph. 4:32)

Which of the 5 principles do you resonate with the most? Any you struggle with? Do you have any ideas or examples that could inspire your group?
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Read Ephesians 4 and mediate on these 5 Principles of Communication. Consider sharing them with your group.

This teaching video is an excerpt from the Marriage: Built to Last Bible study series. You can find the entire series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library. Direct link:

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