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Today we'll tackle the "you complete me myth" and discover lessons about singleness from the life of Ruth. You might think or feel you are ordinary, but God wants to work in our ordinary lives and do extraordinary things. The story of Ruth is about a single woman who found completeness in an extraordinary God.
Jesus affirms being married and being single in Matthew 19.
Pastor Brian looks at three inadequate ideas that impact the way we approach marriage, romance and singleness.
Singleness and Marriage are both viable and honorable options. There are theological, moral and practical reasons to marry or stay single. Paul outlines some of those in 1st Corinthians Chapter 7. We simply need to remember that God is always at work within us and we must define ourselves by faithfulness to Christ and our loving impact on others around us because of His love.
Ch 19 begins with divorce; the most severe break in human relationships. Jesus is being questioned by some Pharisees, 1-3. It’s a bit of a catch question: “On what basis is divorce permissible – can a man divorce his wife for any and every reason?" In order to answer the question, Jesus first paints the bigger picture: marriage, 4-6; then he considers divorce, 8-9. This is the right way to examine divorce, set it in the Biblical context of marriage. Marriage is the norm; work hard to hold it together. Don’t see divorce as a get-out clause. It is the last resort where there is no repentance and blatant unfaithfulness. For divorce to occur, the marital covenant has been broken such that there is no way to restore it. Merely drifting apart is not a ground for Biblical divorce. Marriage is God’s good gift, but so too is singleness. If you are married, you are no longer two but one. Stay as one, don’t let anyone else or yourself, break faith. Show how God can take two sinful humans and demonstrate his grace by enjoying your marriage. Demonstrate the gospel. But if one partner insists on being unfaithful, you may – only may – divorce. If you divorce for other reasons, then stay single, says Jesus. Paul may well add another exception if you are the believer and your unbelieving partner kicks you out. But that’s for another day.
America suffers from the highest divorce rate in the world. The church seems to be no exception. This message looks at what God says about divorce and why. It examines the fallout of divorce in children's lives and calls singles, married, widows and divorced to commit to God's call on each of their lives.
Sex in marriage is God's design for our sexuality. This message looks at how God has designed us body, soul and spirit for sexual fidelity in marriage, not sexual infidelity outside of marriage.