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Everywhere we turn today it seems that the institution of marriage is in deep trouble. Some activists are pushing to legalize same sex marriages at a time when lots of young people no longer believe that marriage is a desirable arrangement – “I don’t need a piece of paper to love someone”. Living together without long term commitment is very common. Broken marriages carry lots of pain and hurt for all involved – both adults and children. The destructive effect of sin could also be seen within marriages. Husbands can be chauvinistic, abusive and emotionally neglect their wives to climb the corporate ladder. Wives can be overly dependent, sexually manipulative and nag their passive husbands into submission. As a result, we have serious confusion about what it means to be a husband or wife when our daughters need a clear model of what it means to be feminine and our sons need a positive vision of what it means to be masculine. This is an opportunity for the Kingdom community of Jesus as a whole is to live out a different kind of marriage life, and to mirror another culture in our gender relationships. A culture of forgiveness, repentance and change in the midst of this brokenness… In the midst of widespread confusion, we desperately need to recover a biblical, gospel-centered vision of marriage as revealed in Ephesians 5.
Focus: to call the church to reflect the glory of the godhead in their corporate worship as they maintain distinct gender roles so that God would delight in our worship and the world might see God rightly in the life and worship of the church.
Understanding God's roles for men and women.
This message deals with the perception among emerging generations that the church is male-dominated and oppresses women. I suggest a way forward in dealing with gender issues in the church that includes pastoral, theological and ethical responses. Whether it is comfortable or not, we need to deal with this perception as we seek to share the love of God through Jesus with those around us.