September 16, 2018 Speaker: Keith Ferguson Series: Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream #4 – MARRIAGE


Marriage in America today is trapped between two narratives:


#1 – __________________________: if I find and connect with the right person, then I will finally be happy and whole.


The Bible reframes this narrative on three fronts:


First, only _______ can satisfy the deepest longings of your heart.  (Psalm 16:11)


Second, _____________ is a high and holy calling and marriage is not required to be fully human or fully alive.  (1 Cor 7:8)


Third, marriage is _____________ and not a part of the eternal state.  (Luke 20:34-36)


 #2 – _______________________________: the goal of life is to discover who I am and what makes me happy and to live out and express my personal desires.


The Bible reframes this narrative on three fronts:


First, we should see marriage through an __________________ lens, not a selfish lens.   (Philippians 2:3-4) 


Second, we need to honor marriage as a community. (Hebrews 13:4) Biblically, marriage is a lifelong _______________ relationship between one woman and one man to be faithful to each other and to follow God’s design for the marriage roles.   (Genesis 2:24-25)


Third, marriage is ultimately about __________ because marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with His people.  (Ephesians 5:32)

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