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The Christian Wife (3 of 6)
1. The Reason for Marriage
A. Garden of Eden
When God created the Earth He looked over His creation and repeatedly said, "It is good". Until, he came to man..
Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."
That means - "He needs help"
He is incomplete - Adam had a perfect relationship with God yet he was incomplete.
Then we saw in the New Testament… the idea of
B. The Gift of Singleness
That is a supernatural ability to walk in holiness undistracted about concern for companionship with the opposite sex, no need for intimacy - this person is like the angels who are neither married nor given in marriage.
By the way - everyone will have this gift in Heaven. There is no marriage in Heaven… you are married till death do you part.
So marriage at it's BEST is a temporary relationship - that points to an eternal relationship with Christ.
Then we saw…
2. The Christian Ethic versus Consumer Ethic
a. The Consumer Ethic -
The consumer ethic says, "My spouse is here for my benefit".
• What do I get out of it? How does it make me feel? Can I do better?
b. The Christian Ethic -
Matthew 10:39 (ESV)
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Mark 9:35 (ESV)
35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
HOW DOES THAT APPLY TO MARRIAGE?
Eph. 5:25 - 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
3. The Husband's Servant Leadership
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church,
HEAD means LEADER
The Husband Meets 5 Needs for the Wife by his Servant Leadership:
• Lead in Sacrifice - She knows that he will lay his li ...
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