by Steve Wagers

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Built to LIVE! (2 OF 3)
Series: God's Great Masterpiece
Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 19:4-6
October 5, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. Fabulous Cohabitation!
A) Living for Each Other
B) Learning about Each Other
2. Marvelous Cooperation!
A) Physically
B) Spiritually
3. Joyous Celebration!
A) God's Purpose is Achieved by Us
B) God's Power is Perceived through Us

I recently read about a farmer that walked into a lawyer's office wanting to file for divorce. The lawyer asked, "Do you have any grounds?" The man said, "Yes, I've got 140 acres." The lawyer said, "No, you don't understand, do you have a case?" The man replied, "No, I've got a John Deere."

The lawyer said, "Sir, you still don't understand, do you have a grudge?" The man said, "Yes, I've got a grudge. That's where I park my Mercedes." The lawyer said, "No sir, you still don't understand, do you have a suit?" The man said, "Yes sir, I got the one I wear to church every Sunday." The lawyer asked, "No sir, you still don't understand, does your wife beat you up?" The man said, "No sir, we both get up about 4:30."

A lot of couples remind me of the old guy who said, "Yeah, I got married at the justice of the peace, and my wedding is the last time I saw either of them--justice or peace."

One of the reasons so many marriages are engulfed by stormy waters is the lack of understanding. He doesn't understand her; she doesn't understand him; and, as a result, each travels in opposite directions and their paths never intersect.

We are looking at God's great masterpiece of marriage. After He finished His masterpiece of creation, He chose to construct a masterpiece between man and woman.

Before we can truly appreciate what "God hath joined together," we must understand what is meant by the phrase "joined together." As I said last week, the Greek word for "joined together," describes the act of building.

The idea is of the piece beings fit into place, whereby a wonderful structure ...

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