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Summary: Healthy marriages communicate the gospel.

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WEDLOCK OR DREADLOCK?

Genesis 2:18-25

S: Marriage

Th: My Life as God’s Light

Pr: HEALTHY MARRIAGES COMMUNICATE THE GOSPEL.

?: How?

KW: Correlations

TS: We will find in our study of Scripture three correlations that demonstrate how healthy marriages communicate the gospel.

The ____ correlation that demonstrates how healthy marriages communicate the gospel is…

I. COMMITMENT

II. GRACE

III. PASSION

RMBC 09 November 01 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Notebook: Marriage (Father forgive them)

The pastor was visiting the fourth-grade Sunday School class to talk about marriage as part of the lesson. He asked the class, "What does God say about marriage?" Immediately one boy replied, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Did you know what you were doing when you got married?

So many of us went into it blindly, rather clueless.

But we don’t have to be clueless.

I think we all agree that instructions are important.

We use them all the time.

We use recipes to make our meals, manuals to install our software, and prescriptions to take our medicine.

Without instructions, we would have a tough time in life.

Doesn’t it make sense that instructions would be important when it comes to something as serious as marriage?

So, let me ask you this…

Are you cooperating with God’s plan for marriage or fighting it?

ILL Sign

A few years ago, billboards were springing up in the South as a campaign to get people to reexamine their relationship with the Lord. One billboard said this:

Loved the Wedding—Invite Me to the Marriage

-God

The truth is, there are a lot of church weddings—weddings that ask for God’s blessing.

But there are also a lot of marriages that fail to ask for God’s blessings.

Simply, wedlock is not meant to be dreadlock.

It is not meant to be a struggle.

Marriage is meant to be enjoyed, not endured.

TRANSITION:

I think that we would probably agree that…

1. The concept of marriage has gone through tremendous change.

In the 1960s and 1970s, most cohabitating couples in America could be described fairly as “anti-marriage.”

That is, they were deliberately seeking an alternative to traditional marriage, an institution they viewed as “repressive” or “irrelevant.”

As a result, the concept of living together gained prominence.

And now, it is as if it is expected.

You should see the shock on couple’s faces when I tell them I won’t marry them one year from now when they are already living together.

They don’t understand.

They have grown up in a culture that says it is okay.

The statistics bear this out…

The number of unmarried couples living together has increased from 523,000 in 1970 to 4,236,000 in 1998.

Because of that, we know little about commitment today.

But not only that, there have been some unexpected results.

For example, several studies done in the 1990s have found that couples who live together have an 80 percent greater chance of divorce than those who don’t, and that women who live with a man before marriage are twice as likely to experience domestic violence.

A National Center for Mental Health study revealed that women who live with men they are not married to experience depression four times more than married women, and two times greater than single women.


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