Just under 50% of all US marriages end in separation and divorce. That stat only grows in subsequent marriages ensuring the US a top ten spot in the worldwide divorce rate. Needless to say, a sermon series on marriage is necessary and ultimately affects everyone regardless of current marital status. Falling in love is a dangerous concept because, as portrayed by the world, falling out of it is even easier than falling into it. A marriage loosely based on the concept of feeling rather than the fervor of commitment will certainly fail even if it lasts. What if singleness isn’t simply God’s “call” the way it’s often explained or that marriage isn’t just God’s “gift” the way it’s often viewed? What if both are more aptly viewed as varied chances to seek and honor Him and serve others in the world?
Where are you in the marriage spectrum?
In both loss & lack, God leveraged Ruth’s commitment (for the greater good).
Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. Ruth 1:17
In singleness, marriage, divorce, remarriage…
Let your reputation be one of saturation
Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!” “The Lord bless you!” they answered. Ruth 2:4
There is a difference between preparing for marriage and becoming like Christ.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
“Falling in love” is an old concept (1500’s) but not a biblical one.
“There is no one person for you. But once you marry someone, that person becomes your one person.” Newlywed wife reflection on her first anniversary
Onto the Threshing floor…
Lies about Singleness…
- Single = alone
- Role (or relationship status) = worth
Assumptions about Marriage…
1. Married = fulfilled
2. Marriage = for me/us
- What if marriage isn’t God’s gift to me as much as it is our gift to Him?
- What if marriage is less about how we serve each other and more about how we serve all others?
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. Titus 2:15