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Marriage and Divorce

February 25, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Marriage and Divorce – Matthew 19:1-12








Digging Deeper:

-What is God’s design for marriage?  How is divorce contrary to this design?

-What is incorrect about the Pharisees’ second question (see v7)?

-How can marriage glorify God?  How is singleness an opportunity to bring glory to God?

Other passages to consider:

Gen 1:27; 2:18-25; Deut 24:1-4; Mal 2:16; Matt 5:31-32; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 7:6-16; Eph 5:22-33. 

Take Marriage Seriously

September 25, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Take Marriage Seriously – Matthew 5:31-32


Sermon Notes:

1)  Man’s Corruption – Easy divorce ______________

2)  God’s Intention – One man and one woman in a ________________ of loving companionship

3)  Christ’s Restoration – ____________ and ____________ to glorify God in your life and marriage

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did God create marriage?
  • What does marriage display about God and the Gospel?
  • If married, what could you do this week to build into your marriage?
  • Whether single, married, divorced, or widowed – how does the Gospel speak into your current life situation?

Other Passages to Consider:

Genesis 2:18-25; Isa 1:18; Joel 2:25; Matt 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 7:1-16; Eph 5:22-33. 


Singleness Commended, but not Commanded

June 14, 2018
By PastorJathan

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 – Singleness Commended, but not Commanded

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What reasons does Paul give in this passage for a believer remaining single?
  • How does a spouse and children help in glorifying the Lord?  How could they be a hindrance to serving Christ?
  • Does marriage and family make it harder or easier to endure calamities and persecution?  Explain.

Other passages to consider – Ps 145:13; Matt 6:19-33; 22:30; 24:36-51; Jn 16:33; Philippians 3:12-4:1; 1 Jn 2:15-17

Digging Deeper:

  • What are the right reasons to get married?  What should a believer look for in a spouse?
  • What temporary things of this world often distract me from investing in Christ’s eternal kingdom?
  • Do I have the right balance between family time and serving the Lord?  How could we serve as a family?
  • Where might God be calling me to serve during this season of my life?  Am I willing?

Serve Christ Where God Has Placed You

June 07, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 – Serve Christ Where God Has Placed You

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • Why does Paul bring up circumcision and slavery in a chapter on marriage?  How does the point of this passage relate to what Paul has been saying about marriage and singleness?
  • Think about how radical a statement v19 was for Paul, a Jew and former Pharisee, to make. (see also Gal 5:6)
  • How should God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness impact my attitude about my current situation?

Other passages to consider – Acts 17:24-26; Rom 8:28-29; 1 Cor 6:19-20; 9:17-23; 12:1-20; 2 Cor 4:5-6; Gal 3:27-29; Titus 2:11-1; 1 Pet 2:9-10;

Digging Deeper:

  • How can I serve Christ right now where God has placed me?
  • What particular experiences or qualities has God given me that could be used to bring Him glory?
  • Why does God make up the church with diverse people?
  • How do I know when I should seek to change my situation?

Trusting/Obeying/Serving God Whether Single or Married

May 30, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 7:8-16 – Trusting/Obeying/Serving God Whether Single or Married

Preparing my heart for the sermon:

  • What is marriage?  Why did God design marriage to be life-long?
  • How would a change in marital status affect your service to the Lord?
  • Why might an unbeliever leave his/her Christian spouse?

Other passages to consider – Gen 2:18-25; Ps 37; Prov 3:5-6; Matt 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12; Eph 5:22-33; 1 Pet 3:1-12

Digging Deeper:

  • What are the right reasons to get married?  What are the wrong ones?
  • Describe the impact Christians can have on the rest of the family.
  • If I am single and long to be married, what should I focus on right now?
  • How can I trust God and be a blessing in my marriage?

Marriage and Family to the Glory of God

November 26, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Marriage and Family to the Glory of God – Genesis 2:18-25

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Who created marriage?  For what purpose?
  • Where did sexual desire come from?  Why do we have it?
  • How is our society’s view of children different from the Bible’s?

Other passages to consider: Ps 78:1-8; 127:3-5; Song of Songs (entire book); 1 Cor 7:1-5; Eph 5:22-33

Digging Deeper:

  • How did the view of marriage and family change during the Protestant Reformation?
  • Husbands, ask your wife – “Do you feel more like a wife or a mother?”  Find out how you can build into her as your wife.
  • What steps could you take to pursue companionship and romance with your spouse?
  • What is our vision for how we would like to see our kids following Christ by the time they leave our home?
  • Recognizing it is God who changes hearts, what should we be doing now as a family in order for that to happen? 

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