Building Your Family Foundation: Marriage is the Mortar
The building of strong families is a central commitment of our church family. We believe that the Bible is God’s guidebook that helps us know His design and intention for life. In building a family foundation, the Bible offers clear instruction about marriage, parenting, and values. In light of the times in which we live, it would seem that this topic is all the more important
But, our concern is not just that you hear the Biblical teaching, but that you are able to apply it. We want to consistently consider how to put into action what we hear. Jesus Himself addressed this concern:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who build his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did nto fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-27).
We want to take families on the rocks, and place them on the Rock.
Our goal is to help you build a Biblical family, not a traditional family.
A Biblical marriage is honoring to Christ, fulfilling to Husbands and Wives, strengthening to children, and a witness to the world.
I believe that marriage is the mortar that holds a Biblical family together. Before going much further, let me say here that I realize many of you are here as single adults. Some of you may end up being lifelong singles. If so, today’s teaching can be a point of support with which you can assist your friends. For others, you have experienced the pain of divorce and are now striving valiantly as single moms or dads. I want you to know that I believe God loves you, you are not “second class citizens”, and I believe that God wants to give you special strength as you fulfill a particularly challenging assignment in your life.
Marriage is a powerful arena where spiritual maturity gets tested. The Bible says that patience is a mark of maturity. Home is not your castle, but your Calvary. It is the place where you get to live out what God is doing in your heart.
Someone has said that “Marriage is two selves jockeying for turf.” In the context of marriage, we want to know the Biblical pieces that make the marriage puzzle work.
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