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Marriage by God’s Design (Submission, Headship, Love and Respect)

July 31st, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 1:1-3

 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
      follow the advice of the wicked,
      or stand around with sinners,
      or join in with mockers.
 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
      meditating on it day and night.
 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
      bearing fruit each season.
   Their leaves never wither,
      and they prosper in all they do.

Journey: Today is our last day (really, it is!) of focusing on the theme of marriage and we’re returning to  Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the difficult but critical subjects of submission and Christ-like love in the context of marriage.

One Statement and Two Questions: If we named the title of today’s message “Radically Submissive Wives, Loving Husbands, Happy Homes” we would be very close to summarizing what the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5 about marriage. How does that make you feel? Why?      

Glad to pursue His blessing on our marriages with you,  

Will (for the pastors)

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Marriage by God’s Design (Submission, Headship, Love and Respect)

July 24th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 

Scripture Memory:  Mark:34-35

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

Journey: Today is our last day of focusing on the theme of marriage and we’re returning to  Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the difficult but critical subjects of submission and Christ-like love in the context of marriage.

One Statement and Two Questions: “If we named the title of today’s message “Radically Submissive Wives, Christ-like Loving Husbands, Happy Homes” we would be very close to summarizing what the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5 about marriage. How does that make you “feel”? Why?      

Glad to pursue His blessing on our marriages with you,  

Will (for the pastors)

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Keys to A Great Marriage (Questions About Divorce and Remarriage)

July 17th, 2011 by Will Martin
Scripture: Matthew 5:31-32 
Scripture Memory:  Matthew 28:18-20
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Journey: We’ve been talking about marriage for a few weeks now and we’ll stick with it just two more Sundays. This Sunday we’ll focus on questions related to divorce and remarriage and next Sunday we’ll look one last time at Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the words of positive encouragement for those who are married.
Praying for you!    
Will (for the pastors)
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More Keys to A Great Marriage

July 10th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 3:18-19;  Assorted Proverbs (Part II)

Scripture Memory:  Matthew 20:25-28

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Journey: God’s vision for marriage that is so much more than “Hang in there and do you’re time.” God’s vision for marriage is that man and woman would come together with a oneness, an intimacy and a passion that causes them to live for each other. No. 1 is no longer me, the other, my spouse, has become more important.      

Week before last we talked about some deep and foundational truths in Ephesians 5 and we’ll return to that passage next week. Today’s message, however, is like a practical application of Ephesians 5. You may remember that to get ready for this I passed out sheets asking you ladies what, in your opinion, your husbands need to know in order to be good spouses. Today we’ll seek to hear from women and their most common, general concerns about marriage – in a biblical context.

Praying that He will bless our marriages with passionate love, unity and strength,

Will (for the pastors)

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More Keys to A Great Marriage

July 3rd, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 3:18-19;  Assorted Proverbs

Scripture Memory:  Matthew 13:44

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Journey: God’s vision for marriage that is so much more than “Hang in there and do you’re time.” God’s vision for marriage is that man and woman would come together with a oneness, an intimacy and a passion that causes them to live for each other. No. 1 is no longer me, the other, my spouse, has become more important.      

Last week we talked about some deep and foundational truths in Ephesians 5 and we’ll return to that passage next week. Today’s message, however, is like a practical application of last week. You may remember that to get ready for this I passed out sheets asking you women what, in your opinion, your husbands need to know in order to be good spouses. Today we’ll seek to hear from ladies and their most common, general concerns about marriage – in a biblical context.

Hoping to grow in Him with you,

Will (for the pastors)

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