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Does God Really Care About Who Gets Married?

Does God Really Care About Who Gets Married

Does God Really Care About Who Gets Married With marriage and its (re)definition in the headlines nearly everyday, this is a vital question. As of late October 2013, 1-in-5 Americans inhabit a state or jurisdiction wherein same-sex marriage is legal. Hebrews 12:25-13:6 serves as a fitting frame for the consideration of this question.

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Foundational Input from Our Creator
  • Manhood and womanhood was God's idea (Gen 1:27-28).
  • God linked his design for manhood and womanhood with marriage (Gen 2:23-24).
  • Jesus emphasized the link between creation, manhood and womanhood, and the true nature of a life-long covenant relationship wherein God does the joining together (Matt 19:1-6).
  • Paul reveals the deepest meaning of marriage as designed and defined by God (Eph 5:24-33).
All of which leads to this conclusion: God created male and female with distinctive masculine and feminine natures; he defined for them distinctive roles so that within the context of marriage as husband and wife they might multiply the human race, serve as a model of God’s covenant with his people, and uniquely display the relationship of Christ and his blood-bought church.

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“Things I Wish More Older Women Would Teach Younger Women”

Older Women Teaching Younger Women

Older Women Teaching Younger Women Titus 2:3-5 isn’t vague in reference to a God-given responsibility of older women.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Older women are to be influences of truth, wisdom, and experience in the lives of younger women. This is vitally important in a world wherein lies are constantly fed to women of all ages:
  • “The most important thing about you is your body's size, shape, and color.”
  • “The best way to draw attention to yourself is to flaunt and expose your body.”
  • “Your value is determined by where your body lives, the clothes you put on your body, and the luxuries by which your body is indulged.”
  • “The first remedy for unhappiness is more: square footage, clothes, and luxuries.”
  • “The second remedy for unhappiness is less: weight, responsibility, and expectation.”
In a culture full of lies, older women are to be teachers of what is good and true to younger women:
  • “You are so much more than a body.” (Gen 1:27)
  • “Your body has been given to you that you might glorify God.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
  • “To live as if your value depends on stuff is to build your life on sand.” (Luke 12:23)
  • “The first key to true joy is MORE… of God.” (Psa 63:1-3)
  • “The second key to true joy is LESS… of self.” (Mark 8:34-37)

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What Exactly is “Benevolence”?

Benevolence is the desire to do good to others; goodwill; an act of kindness; a charitable gift. What input can we find in God’s revelation concerning benevolence? What does God expect of us as individuals and as a congregation when it comes ...

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The Greatest “Love Language” of All

In The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman suggests that there are five basic ways we express love to others. “Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved.”

  1. Words of affirmation: this language uses words to affirm other people.
  2. Acts of service: for these people, actions speak louder than words.
  3. Receiving gifts: for some people, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a gift.
  4. Quality time: this language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention.
  5. Physical touch: to this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch.

While each of these "love languages" has their place, God’s revelation to mankind points us to something even greater—the ultimate source, the purest, highest, most profound “love language” of all.

DIE TO SELF.

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Two HUGE LIES in Modern Culture and Why We Can’t Afford to Believe Them

Our culture and its dialogue are absolutely immersed in two enormous lies.

  1. If you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must either hate them, fear them, or be intolerantly and irrationally prejudiced against them.
  2. If you love someone, you must agree with or silently tolerate everything they believe and do.

These are lies that disciples of Christ simply cannot afford to believe. Why?

  1. These lies fail to acknowledge the objective standard given by our Creator.
  2. These lies elevate our definition of happiness above God’s prescription for holiness.
  3. These lies distort the nature of God’s written revelation to mankind.

This sermon seeks to hold these increasingly common lies under the microscope of divine revelation.

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