Relationships Handout 4

What Does God Expect Of A Man?

  1. Masculine Distinction
  2. Servant Leadership
  3. Spiritual Equality


Strength of Character

  1. What is strength of character?






  1. What produces strong character?

a.       (Rom. 5:1, Eph. 1,2)


b.      (Eph. 2:10, Phil 3:16, Titus 2:12-14, Jas. 2:14-26)


c.       (Phil. 2:12, 3:12-14, 1 Tim. 4:7)


d.      (Matt. 6:33, 1 Sam. 13:13-14)


e.       (1 Cor. 11:1, Heb. 12:1-3, 13:7, 1 Pet. 2:21)


f.        (1 John 2:5)


g.       (1 Pet. 2:2)


h.       (Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, Phil. 4:13)


i.         (Jas. 2:14-26)


j.        (Prov. 3:5,6)


k.      (Eph. 4:7-16)


  1. What are some strong character qualities? (1 Timothy 3:1-7)






  1. How did men in the Bible display strength of character?

i.      (Gen. 6, Heb. 11:7)


ii.      (Gen. 13)


iii.      (Gen. 39, Gen. 42-45)


iv.      (Heb. 11:24,25)


v.      (1 Sam. 24)


vi.      (Dan. 1:8, 6:10-23)


vii.      (Ruth 2-4)


viii.      (Acts 6:3,5)


ix.      (1 Cor. 9:19-23, 24-27)


x.      (Acts 4:36, 11:23-24, 15:46-41)




Thinking It Over

  1. Men, what are you doing to develop strength of character in your life?

Women, what are you doing to encourage men to display these characteristics?

  1. Men, how do you measure up to the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7?

Women, are you looking for these qualities in the relationships you seek?

  1. What can you do today and in the coming days to be more like Christ?

Relationships Handout 3

What Does God Expect Of A Man?

  1. Masculine Distinction
  2. Servant Leadership


Spiritual Equality

Why does inequality exist?






Were women created to be equals of men? Does equality mean sameness? Can men and women be considered equals if we make a distinction in their functions?






What does the Bible say about the equality of male and female? (Gal. 3:26-29)






How should men treat women?

  1. (1 Tim. 5:2; Eph. 5:3,4; Heb. 13:4)



  1. (1 Pet. 3:7)



  1. (1 Tim. 5:2; 1 Pet. 3:7; Rom. 12:10)



  1. (Eph. 5:25-33; Matt. 7:12, 22:39)



  1. (1 Cor. 12:4-7)



  1. (Eph. 5:21)



Thinking It Over

  1. How do men treat women in your family, church, or community?
  2. Do you agree that complementary functions should not be thought of as being unequal in value?
  3. How should a man (as a single, married, or church leader) encourage women to use their spiritual gifts?

Relationships Handout 2

What Does God Expect Of A Man?

1. Masculine Distinction

Servant Leadership



What it means: What it doesn’t mean:













What it means: What it doesn’t mean












How was Jesus and example of a Servant-Leader? (Phil. 2:5-11, Matt. 20:28)






How does servant leadership work out in different roles?

  1. (1 Tim. 3:12-16)



  1. (1 Cor. 11:3, Eph. 5:25)



  1. (Deut 6:6-9, Eph. 6:4, 1 Tim. 5:8, Col. 3:21)



  1. (1 Pet. 5:1-4)



  1. (Dan. 1, 6)


Why is leadership in marriage and in the church a male quality? What does headship mean?









Why is a servant attitude so important? (1 Cor. 13)









Thinking It Over

  1. How does the principle of a servant leadership apply to a pre-marriage relationship?
  2. What kind of leader do you find easy to follow?
  3. How will a husband treat his wife if he wants to win her trust and devotion?
  4. What is the relationship between leadership and accountability?

Relationships Handout 1

What Does God Expect Of A Man?

Masculine Distinction


What does it mean to be masculine?







How are men different from women?







Where in the Bible does it talk about masculinity?







What does our present-day culture say about masculinity?







Why has masculinity become so degraded? (Rom. 1:21-24)







Thinking It Over


What kinds of models of masculinity are being presented in today’s society for young boys to follow?


How has the church caved in to the pressures of society and allowed masculine distinctiveness to be blurred?


How do perversions of masculine distinctiveness affect a woman’s view of her own femininity?