1 + 1 = 1 (7 OF 10)

by Dennis Marquardt

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1 + 1 = 1 (7 of 10)
Series: Ten Commandments
Dennis Marquardt
Exodus 20:14; Genesis 2:18,22-24; 3:20; Matthew 5:27-30; I Corinthians 7:3-5

INTRO: The culture we live in today scoffs at the concept of sexual fidelity in marriage, consider the following:

ILLUS: The conclusion made by a study of 104 leading television writers and executives conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the study found that Hollywood's views run far from the mainstream of public opinion. Some examples: Though 85 percent of Americans believe adultery is wrong, only 49 percent of TV writers and executives do. Everyone else is less likely than Hollywood to say a woman has a right to an abortion (59 to 97 percent). While only 4 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation, 45 percent of the TV writers and executives have none. -- Reported in Newsweek, 7/20/92, ''To Verify,'' Leadership.

It is no wonder that our society is inundated with messages about sex that is contrary to God's 7th commandment ''You shall not commit adultery.'' Our divorce rate and the number of married couples in counseling over extra marital affairs have never been higher. It is time we stop listening to Hollywood and listen to God's Holy Will!

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that healthy marriages are built on sexual fidelity and that the healthiest sexuality comes in a committed relationship of one man and one woman in marriage for life.

I. PURPOSE IN MARRIAGE Gen. 2:18,22-24; 3:20

A. Partnership 2:18
1. To understand a healthy marriage it is necessary to understand the purpose of marriage, God has created marriage to have 3 elements to it and in a particular order, and the first of these elements is ''partnership.''
a. Note that Adam was productive without Eve, he had already started ''work'' - but he was not complete without Eve!
b. Men need to understand this dynamic, while they may feel fulfilled in their work experience they may also feel empty emotionally and incomplet ...

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