From Routine to Romance (3 of 5) by Jeff Ginn

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From Routine to Romance (3 of 5)
Series: From Good to Great
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Ephesians 5
May 11, 2003

1. INTRODUCTION

a. Intro series with three remaining themes.
b. Today is from "Routine to Romance."
c. Watched with great heartache the pictures of destruction this week because of the tornadoes. Homes were reduced to rubble. Our homes are being assaulted by spiritual storms as well. Streams and rivers are already swollen with innate selfishness. Driving rain of illicit sexual activity. On the horizon are the billowing dark clouds of same sex marriages. There is the tornado of divorce.
d. If our homes are to withstand the storms of life, we need a commitment to our marriage that is unbreakable. Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, was once asked whether she had ever considered divorce, "Murder, yes," she jokingly replied. "Divorce, never." Commitment is where marriage begins. We must commit to build a godly home. Not be satisfied with routine, but move on to romance and God's best!
e. We'll need to build carefully. The Bible is the blueprint. It gives us two clear instructions.

2. MEASURE YOUR SELF

a. Intro: (visual: tape measure) As always, the measuring tape is the Scripture.
i. We proclaim our freedom. We've cast off prudish, strict, puritanical, biblical guidelines. But we've found that that kind of "liberty" is actually enslaving.
ii. Like a train off its tracks. It may want to roam free over the meadow but it isn't designed to run across meadows. The rails actually are the path to freedom.
b. Submission (Eph. 5:22)
i. Obligation
1. This is no onerous command. In fact, it is required of all Christians, one to another (Eph.5:21). Esteem others as better than yourself. Put their needs above your own.
- A man named Steve Beck relates the following story: "Driving down a country road, I came to a very narrow bridge. In front of the bridge, a sign was posted: "YIELD." Seeing no on ...


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