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Summary: Marriage is not a joke.

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God Speaks On Marriage Series

"What Would God Say to Britney Spears About Marriage?"

Heb. 13:4 (NASB)

2/08/04 Chester’s First Baptist Church, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Spkr.

Introduction:

A There is an divorce epidemic in America. (1 in 2 marriages in divorce. Wrg!)

(Birth rates & Death rates in Randolph County.)

a In 1870’s 1 in 34, 1900 1 in 5, 1950 1 in 3, today 1 in 3/4

b In 1967 for every WIFE that left her family, there were 600 men who did. Today, for every man who leaves, two women do. (Chuck Swindoll.)

B Harvard University performed a study on divorce and discovered the following: the national divorce rate is 1 in 3.

a The average for people who were married in a church ceremony is 1 in 50.

b For those couples who were married in a Christian wedding ceremony, attend church weekly, read the Bible and pray together, the divorce rate average is 1 in 1,105. Christianity can truly divorce-proof your marriage! God is so for MARRIAGE!

* "The Foundation for a Strong Family," Rick Warren, The Encouraging Word, 1992

C We’re beginning a new series, "God Speaks on Marriage."

*Ryan & Trista (Next Week), Bob & Wanda, Betty & Earl (2/22)

a "4 Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Heb 13:4 (NASB)

b ETS: The author of Hebrews (Authorship Debate: Paul, Luke, Barnabas, Apollos, Priscilla, ???) told the early Christian to guard their precious marriage.

D ESS: Marriage is not a joke.

a Objective: I hope you will treat your marriage with the honor it deserves.

b Probing Question: What are you doing that shows your honoring your marriage?

T.S. Let’s look at two steps that we can take to give our marriages the honor they deserve.

I The first step we can take to honor our marriages is to . . .SEE YOUR MARRIAGE AS PRECIOUS. "Marriage is to be held in honor among all..." v.4a Honor your marriage and its vows, Heb 13:4 (TLB)

A A biblical marriage was to be viewed as an extremely expensive.

a A biblical marriage was divinely designed to be a union of one one man and one woman.

*24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Gen 2:24 (NASB)

*2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 1 Cor 7:2 (NASB)

Our President is not okay with Gay Marriages:

February 4, 2004 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today’s ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deeply troubling. Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. If activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the only alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage.

The Supreme Court of Massachusetts is okay with Gay. (In fact, according to an AP article on 2/5/4 "The soonest a constitutional amendment could end up on the ballot would be 2006, meaning that the nation’s first gay marriage could take place in Massachusetts as soon as May."


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