God's View of Marriage
Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 16:18
In the last few years, the institution of marriage has been under attack in America. It seems hard to believe that just a few years ago a nearly unanimous Congress passed a bill called the Defense of Marriage Act, and the bill was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Now some State legislatures and various courts have decided that they will re-define marriage. No longer is it the law of our civil magistrates that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. It also appears that there may be no end in sight to the changes – with a woman in Houston “marrying herself,” and with various other organizations and individuals clamoring for group marriages, marriage with children, and even worse. Where has this all come from? Part of the problem has been the denigration of marriage by society, but we would be remiss if we did not place responsibility on the Church also. The church has stood by while marriage has been devalued by no fault divorce, adultery, couples living together outside of marriage, and children born out of wedlock. Even our defenses of marriage often have been ill-advised, as we seek to defend marriage as a “bedrock of society,” the “traditional view,” or even “what is best for children.” While those things are true, the critical thing to know and speak about marriage is that the Lord God instituted it, and that He is the maker and definer of marriage. Once we admit that, we will not only stand on solid ground, but we will be able to look at our own sins with respect to marriage and seek God’s forgiveness and grace. We must begin and end with “God’s View of Marriage” (Luke 16:18).
I. God Created Marriage
A. In the Beginning
B. With a Specific Design
II. God is Sovereign in Marriage
A. How Do We Seek to Be in Control?
B. Can a Marriage Be Broken?
C. Whom Can I Marry?
III. God Has a Purpose for Marriage
A. As a Blessing
B. As a Picture
Questions for consideration: (1) How should the knowledge of God instituting marriage affect you? Your family? The way you treat others? (2) What are the greatest temptations for you in thinking about marriage? How can you fight those sins? (3) How can marriage be used as a means of telling others about Christ?