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Summary: This is meant to be a Ceremony of Renewal of vows for any age.

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RENEWING OF WEDDING VOWS

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Illustration

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from opponents of marriage-its just a piece of paper. To that I say, "Yeah, right!" I’ve never believed that those who say, "it is just a piece of paper," believe what they are saying. If it is "just a piece of paper," what are they afraid of?

Illustration:

Recently, network television made a mockery of marriage when they asked the question, "Who wants to marry a millionaire?" and turned a sacred institution into a for profit game show. Though I didn’t see the show, I did see a news report about it. Things didn’t turn out so well for the couple, but really, wouldn’t we have been surprised if it did?

Illustration:

Many times we do ceremonies of renewal of vows and that’s it. It’s just a ceremony. However we should examine what renewal means. When we renew an old house there are a few things we need to do:

1. First we must see the need for renewal.

2. We must closely examine the cracks and worn places in our lives.

3. In a building sometimes the heating air conditioning systems were worn out and they have been replaced. The ceiling tiles in the narthex and hall were falling down and they have been replaced. The paint is stained with age. The carpet is worn. The roof over the education wing leaks.

4. While we’re renewing the building, let’s take a close look at our lives. I’m sure if we look close enough; we’ll see a need for renewal there as well. Let’s take an honest look at ourselves. Many of us may have to stare long into a mirror before we begin to see the real person standing there. Look deep into the eyes. What do you see? Listen carefully to the voice. What do you hear? Look deep within the heart. What do you feel? If we only glance into the mirror, we will not see a need for renewal.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1. Renewal happens when we cover imperfection with perfection

a. Only Jesus is perfect

b. We need to cover ourselves with Him!

2. Renewal happens when we stop acting like children

a. Only Jesus can give us maturity

b. We need to put the childish attitudes behind us

3. We need to see ourselves in the Mirror of God

a. Instead of looking for perfection in other we need to look for that perfection in Jesus

b. Love for Jesus will produce these changes in our lives

c. The only thing that remains after all other disappear is Love

d. When we see ourselves in the mirror we need to put sin away from our lives.

Illustration

Many times we don’t see the sin within ourselves. After all, we hate sin, don’t we? Or do we? Sin is the first area that we need to renew in our lives if we really want God to bless us. I read a story about several residents in a neighborhood that were extremely upset at the reckless and fast driving in their quiet subdivision.

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Rev.charles Arko-Nunoo

commented on Aug 18, 2009

That is good sermon and ceremony to help already married poeple in our churches.

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