And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Living the Christian Life: Biblical Marriage-A Redemptive Work of God.

These sermon notes correspond to the sermon at It is my hope that if you missed out on being here that day, or even if you were here, these would be a help to you.

As you are called to be the leader of the home, you are required to lead with love.  This is the absolute best method.  It is God’s way.  It is the way in which He has always led the church.

BTW: Husbands ought to seek to measure up to the qualifications of an elder, as this is a consummate design in leadership.  Those whom can lead their home can then lead in the church.

1 Peter 3:7
Genesis 2 & 3

 Husbands, how do you handle someone given to you as a helper, and who submits to you?  Do you successfully fulfill the office of leader, of working together, of loving as God commanded, and of being an example to others of the grace of God?  Do you honor the covenant you made on your wedding day?

These are weighty obligations.

Lets talk a moment about the ideal marriage vs. reality?
            Again, do not look at the world’s example, but remember as I preached, what is marriage and what is success in the biblical model?

Ephesians 5 is about imitating God.

Submitting to Christ, thus 22-33 is how that is played out.
Action words abound: love, gave up, in order to sanctify her (make pure),

            In order to have a wife of splendor: (all glory)

            Without spot or wrinkle that is without blemish or seam, holy as one.

Lets look at 1 Peter 3
      Men vs1-6 is for you to know how to help your wife.
      Her ministry goal is you- make it easy for her.

     V7       Husbands- love in an understanding way
      Show honor
      Weaker vessel- leading you to honor/fellow heir
      Help make her complete

NOTE: This is that your prayer life is to not be hindered
·         Prayer life of the husband is expected, obligatory, not an optional item.

 So, we are to live as examples of Christ
This glorifies God and brings us joy (success too)
So as Chrsit loves the church so you are to love your wife.

How you treat your wife shows the depth of your relationship with Christ.

This requires
·         Being a Christian
·         Humility, the denial of self
·         Actively leading the family in the ways of Christ
·         Sanctification and discipleship
·         Daily applying love

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