Had a great weekend with my wife at the Ironwood couples’ retreat this year. Our speakers were Dennis and Marilyn St. Lawrence. Dennis is the pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Chariton, Iowa. I took notes because it’s how I listen best. Ironwood provides access to the messages as well. Go to ironwoodaudio.org User name: CRC2017 and the PW: Transformed.
What is the purpose of your marriage?
Having a God-centered home
1. Sets a standard:
-Will this glorify God?
Our marriage is to serve and glorify God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:23–24 (NKJV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Romans 15:6 (NKJV)
6 …that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV)
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
2. Gives us a pattern.
-God designed marriage for:
-Companionship – “Leave and Cleave”
-Help – Not only she helping him; he is helping
-Protection – sacrificial love of a man
-Fruitfulness – children; righteous works
-Enjoyment – God designed as a source of joy
-Illustration – picture Christ’s love for the church
3. Brings oneness. It conquers self. God-centered.
4. Changes menial tasks into God-given missions.
5. Provides stability. When can you quit doing what is right? Keep doing what God wants you to do. As to the Lord by His power.
6. Has God’s blessing. God blesses marriages that serve and glorify Him.
7. Gives hope to future generations. If your marriage turns out exactly like your parents, would you be happy with it. Only happens when the marriage is built on Christ to honor Christ.
We are to be marriage missionaries. As we do this, God gives grace to empower us.