The Christian Wife (3 of 6) by Zach Terry

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The Christian Wife (3 of 6)
Series: Haustafel
Zach Terry
Ephesians 5

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."

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,

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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