We should be neither overly elated by getting married nor overly disappointed by not being so—because Christ is the only spouse that can truly fulfill us and God’s family the only family that will truly embrace and satisfy us. -Tim Keller via Twitter
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you.” -Jeremiah 31:3
We must let our marriages reveal Christ, not replace Christ. And if we are not married but wish to be, we should remember that we already have the only spousal love that will truly fulfill. -Tim Keller
The only people who will make you truly happy in marriage will love Jesus more than they love you. -Desiring God via Twitter
And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the Lord. -Hosea 2:19-20
Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.
Three times the Lord says, “I will betroth thee.” What words He heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans. Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she multiplies herself into “mercies” because of the abounding grace of this holy union.
Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the Holy Spirit says “Amen” to it as He promises to teach the betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high destiny, What a promise!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian, published in 1520:
“Who can even begin to appreciate what this royal marriage means? Who can comprehend the riches of this glorious grace? Christ, the rich and divine bridegroom, marries this poor, wicked whore, redeems her from all of her evil, and adorns her with all of his goodness. It now is impossible for her sins to destroy her, for they are laid on Christ and swallowed up by him. She has her righteousness in Christ, her husband, which she now can boast is her very own. She can set this righteousness over against all of her sins and, in the face of death and hell, say with confidence: “If I have sinned, nevertheless, the one in whom I trust, my Christ, has not sinned. Through our marriage, all that is his is mine and all that is mine is his.”
Sunday School | Psalm 25:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
When asked how the Lord teaches us, various youth at NLBC answered, “Through His Word, discipline, people you meet, more mature Christians, problems and suffering.” When David asked the Lord to teach him in vs. 4, he wanted the Lord to bring these things into his life if they made him know Christ better. Why did David want the Lord to do all this? For His glory! (vs. 11)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…God has called you to peace.” -1 Corinthians 7:15
vs. 10-11- Charge to married Christians // vs. 12-16- Charge to believers married to an unbelievers
*#1 Problem in Marriages: “I.” Change yourself and line yourself up with God’s Word.
*Are you single? Don’t date an unbeliever. Set your standards high.
*A spouse’s faith cannot save their unbelieving spouse. It takes the power of God, but God can use you as an influence in their life.
*The unbelieving spouse does not defile the believer, rather because of the believer, the home and marriage will be blessed. (Genesis 30, Genesis 39, 1 Timothy 1)
*Tips for Living in Marriage with an Unbeliever:
-Don’t nag. (Romans 12:18) -Be patient. -Be kind. -Be prayerful. -Don’t expect them to live like a child of God because they’re not one. -Make your home a little piece of Heaven on earth because that may be all the Heaven they experience. -Win them with your life. (1 Peter 3)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 17:1-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Galatians 1:3-5
*This begins the second half of the book of Leviticus, which deals with holiness in God’s people (God’s children communing with the Lord and reflecting His glory).
*vs. 1-9- God alone is worthy of our worship (Exodus 20:3-6)
*Ultimately, God is the Giver of all life. Honor God by honoring life.
*Christ gave His life as a gift for us! (Galatians 1:4, 1 John)
*Blood was given for atonement. Are we honoring that life?
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
Two of the above have found one another by God’s grace. Congratulations on your engagement, Charlie and Denise! Let us be faithful in praying for them as they prepare to be united to one another in marriage. Pray that during this time their love for God will grow as well as their love for one another.