It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to stand boldly for God's design for marriage!
The world is trying to redefine marriage as a matter of equality, fairness and/or justice, regardless of the gender of those involved. But, "from the beginning" God has defined (and Jesus affirms in Mark 10:1-12) marriage as a matter of the creative order wherein a man and a woman unite in a life-long relationship.
Listen to this message and decide which definition you will embrace and uphold: God's or the world's.
|God's Design for Marriage: Man and Woman Bonded under God|
|The Growing Reality: Marriage is Broken|
Jesus and Marriage
To understand this passage is to understand one key phrase: “From the Beginning” (v. 6)
** From the beginning, God has a perfect plan/design/hope for every aspect of your life.
Ephesians 1:11 – “In [Jesus] we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the planof him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Note: ALL of God’s design was instituted BEFORE the Law existed.
Jesus on Marriage…
Hope 1 – From the beginning, marriage is a relationship designed for a man and a woman.
Mark 10:6 – “But from the beginning of creation God ‘madethem male and female.’”
Hope 2 – From the beginning, marriage was a lifelong relationship.
Mark 10:9 – “Therefore what God has joined together,let man not separate.”
Point: Yet, despite God’s design, it is clear that people have wanted to do their own thing.
What the Culture has Done to Marriage…
The Trend: Our Culture continues to alter God’s design for it’s own permissive agenda.
Note: Jesus asked (v. 3) – “What did Moses command you?”… but the Pharisees responded, “Moses permitted…”
The Result: The World corrupts God’s original design…and then call it justice or equality or fairness or “my right”…
…in so doing, our culture propagates the separation…not just between a man and woman, but with God.
Application: What are we to do?
See John 8:1-12 for a model of how to respond…
Application 1 - We will not condemn those who have altered God’s design.
Jesus: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone.” (John 8:7)
Application 2 - We will encourage and restore God’s design for marriage.
Jesus: “Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
Application 3 - We will offer healing and give direction to those who desire God’s blessing.
Jesus: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)