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Marriage Some fine tuning thoughts…. Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Review o o Marriage is a union of two sinners. o o A successful marriage isn't.

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1 Marriage Some fine tuning thoughts…

2 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Review o o Marriage is a union of two sinners. o o A successful marriage isn't based on proper techniques, skills, and proper role assignments, etc. o o Most marriage books/manuals focus on techniques and skills, BUT we need to remember the fact that sin influences each spouse’s use of the techniques. o o Sin hijacks good techniques and skills and perverts them to serve the purposes of Satan instead.

3 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Goal of Marriage o o Marriage exists to glorify God! o o WSC Q/A #1, man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. o o This is the goal in everything in life. o o 1Cor 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

4 On Marriage… Money, Children, Sex Sin (Idolatry)

5 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Marriage Pyramid Problem level… Relational Skills Level

6 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Some Relational Skills (not an exhaustive list) o o Spiritual disciplines/exercises o o Honoring one another o o Time and intimacy o o Role definition o o Conflict resolution o o Communication

7 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Marriage Pyramid Problem level… Relational Skills Level WORSHIP LEVEL

8 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Worship… o o Mark 12:28-34 (The greatest commandment) o o How you love your spouse and neighbor is reflected in your love of God. o o Romans 12 (A chapter on worship…) o o The heart is the place of worship and the root of all behavior (Luke 6:43ff). o o Romans 1:18-32, all of us have a worship problem. o o Exodus 20 (The Ten Commandments)

9 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… The Gospel in Marriage… o o Romans 8:28ff. Marital conflict in Redemptive History. o o Consider Ephesians 5: o o Genesis 2. The Apostle Paul sees Christ there. o o Genesis 2:18. Meaning of “helper” ( rzo ). o o 2Corinthians 3: The veil…

10 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… The Gospel in Marital Conflict… o o Turn to Christ. Remember worship? o o Remember Christ! o o Matthew 7:1-5. Logs vs. specks, humility. o o Galatians 6:1-2. Gently restore. o o Forgiveness = bearing burden

11 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… Parenting in Marriage… o o Goal in parenting: children who glorify God and enjoy Him forever… o o Malachi 2: Goal: godly children. o o Deuteronomy 6:6. o oDon’t wait on this. o oRemember repentance (to God and our kids) when we fail. o oRemember humility. o oRemember we are under God’s authority.

12 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… An Assignment in Marriage… o o First, a reminder: o oGalatians 6:7. We reap what we sow. o oThis assignment is a tool to help us sow to the Spirit.

13 Marriage some fine tuning thoughts… An Assignment in Marriage… o o Keep a DAILY JOURNAL. o o Reflect each day on how you have worshipped God with your life. o oPraise God for the positives. o oConfess, ask forgiveness, and repent before God for the negatives. o oRemember and thank God for the forgiveness we have in Christ. o oPray for strength, wisdom, and insight to worship Christ.


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