Date & Dessert Night

The Intimate Marriage. By R.C. Sproul

Part 2. God and Nakedness 

Dear UCC married couples. For Date and Dessert night Zoom meetings, we will begin studying a teaching series, “The Intimate Marriage,” by R.C.Sproul and Ligonier Ministries.

You should watch the videos before you get on the call, and the first one, What is Marriage? Can be viewed here (Watch video here.) You will find teaching notes as well as study questions that we will discuss on the call below. Enjoy!

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I. Video Teaching Outline

I. Nakedness carries significance in the Bible.

A. Nakedness was recast during the creation account (Gen. 2:23-25).

  • In the first state man was naked and not ashamed (v.25).
  • After the fall Adam and Eve hid because they were naked.
  • The first experience of human guilt was because they were naked.
  • The confession of their nakedness was a confession of their awareness of sin.
  • There is a connection between nakedness and guilt.

B. Noah’s nakedness caused his son to dishonor him (Gen. 9:20-27).

C. Victorious armies used to parade their prisoners nude to increase their humiliation.

II. Nakedness pervades society today.

A. Nudity is popular: pornography, sexual freedom, etc.

B. We have ambivalent feelings toward nakedness.

C. We look for a place where we can be naked, yet without shame.

III. The covering of our nakedness was perfected by God.

A. The first act of redemption was when God clothed His fallen creatures.

  • The Atonement centers on covering.
  • Christ is the covering for our sins.

B. God allows us to wear clothes.

  • There is a connection between physical and emotional nakedness.
  • We don’t have to reveal our innermost being to everyone.

IV. There are two places where we can be naked and unashamed:

A. In God’s presence.

  • We can’t fool God; therefore, we might as well be totally honest.
  • The God who knows me in all of my nakedness loves me.

B. In the holy bond of marriage.

  • We can be ourselves with our families in an atmosphere of love.
  • It is significant to have the person who knows us the best love us the most.
  • Marriage is the supreme image that God uses to communicate to His people the relationship He wants with them.
    • The church is the bride of Christ.
    • It demonstrates intimacy and deep communion.
  • The liberties and benefits of marriage.
    • God has given us an institution with safeguards and responsibilities and says, “Here you can be naked.”
    • Don’t prevent your partner from knowing you. Learn to know each other.
    • In divorce the person who knows you best rejects you.

II. Discussion Questions

  1. How do various media influence our concept of morality and acceptable sexual behavior? What should Christians do about this strong influence?
  2. How do you feel knowing that you can be totally honest before God because He knows your every thought and feeling? How can such knowledge encourage you in your marriage?
  3. What emotions would people experience if they knew they could be totally open and unashamed of their nakedness in their marriages?
  4. What three things can we do to promote a more open relationship in our marriages?
  5. In what ways has the sexual revolution helped society and the church? How has it been a destructive force to both?
  6. Why do you think God clothed Adam and Eve after the Fall? Why couldn’t He have merely provided a means of spiritual redemption, leaving physical nakedness out of the picture? What does such an act say about the sanctity of our bodies?
  7. Why do you think God uses marriage as the supreme way to communicate the rela- tionship He wants to have with His people? What features are in a marriage that make this the ideal analogy?
  8. What is necessary in a relationship before one is comfortable in letting down all defenses? Is complete openness ever possible in a marriage?