What is Marriage?

What is Marriage?

Ephesians 5:22-33

  • Ephesians and Genesis are Connected (31-33)
  • Women are Called to Submit (22-24)
  • Men are Called to Lead (23-30)
  • John Piper Charge to men:
    • That all of your life- in whatever calling- be devoted to the glory of God.
    • That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
    • That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in Heaven.
    • That you be men of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching; that meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith; that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
    • That you be men of prayer, so that the Word of God will be opened to you, so the power of faith and holiness will descend upon you; that your spiritual influence may increase at home and at church and in the world.
    • That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific calling; that you not fritter away your time on excessive sports and recreation or unimportant hobbies or aimless didling in the garage; but that you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom.
    • That, if you are single, you exploit your singleness to the full in devotion to God (the way Jesus sand Paul did) and not be paralyzed by the desire to be married.
    • That, if you are married, you love your wife the way Christ loved the church and gave himself for her; that you be a humble, self-denying, upbuilding, happy spiritual leader; that you consistently grow in grace and knowledge so as never to quench the aspirations of your wife for spiritual advancement; that you cultivate tenderness and strength, a pattern of initiative and a listening ear; and that you accept responsibility of provision and protection in the family, however you and your wife share the labor.
Due to the snow this morning, Lifegroups are cancelled but we will still have the 10:45am service for Sunday, 1/14.