Wednesday, October 8th, (6:00PM Arizona Time) we begin a ten week study entitled: Biblical Marriage: Can my marriage thrive in a 21st century business world? Our first session will focus on the core foundation and purpose of God’s design.
Foundation of Marriage; God’s Design
Genesis 2:18-25 / Ephesians 5:31-32
Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Marriage is God’s Doing –
Designed by God – Genesis 1:27-28 / 2:24
God made and gave the first bride – Genesis 2:22
God owns marriage
God and marriage can never be viewed as separate
Marriage was established during creation and doesn’t change
Ephesians 5:31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Marriage reveals God and the Gospel –
Marriage is a covenant – 5:31
Marriage is a pattern – 5:32
Marriage is viewed as unbreakable –
I will never leave you…
Marriage is not a picture of self-gratification; it is a picture of self-sacrifice.
Marriage is designed by God to display the Gospel to the world.