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Living Upstream - Week 5 - Why Did I Get Married?

Living Upstream

Speaker: Tim Fraiser
Date: October 10, 2016

Jesus calls us to follow him, plain and simple. It seems like everything inside, and especially outside of us, is calling us to go the opposite way. It feels like swimming against the current - upstream. How are we supposed to live in the world, but not of it? In a world that looks so unhealthy, how do we find any health in our lives? How different are we expected to be? The reality is that following Jesus is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Following Jesus doesn't just effect our souls, but our lives, all of it - our relationships, marriage, money, time, values, view of races and even politics! Join us as we discover how to find health in an unhealthy world and Live Upstream. New teaching series begins September 11th.

Title - Why Did I Get Married?

“Not of this world, but sent into this world”

Big Idea: The purpose of your marriage is to proclaim the gospel to the world around you.

Ephesians 5:22-33 - 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

“Wives give a picture of the church to the world, and husbands give a picture of Christ to the world.” - David Platt

Ephesians 5:31-32 - 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:22-33 - 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. 

Quote “When you sleep around on your spouse, you show the world that Christ is not all satisfying”

Quote “Wives, when you disrespect your husband you show the world that the church does not respect Christ.”

Quote “When you don’t follow your husband, you show the world that Christ is not worth following.”

Quote “Husbands, if you desert your wives, you show the world that Christ deserts his people.”

Quote “If you ignore your wife, you show the world that Christ wants nothing to do with his people.” - David Platt

Big Idea: The purpose of your marriage is to proclaim the gospel to the world around you.

Quote “The reason marriage is so painful and yet wonderful, is because it is a reflection of the gospel, which is painful and wonderful all at once” - Tim Keller

Big Idea: The purpose of your marriage is to proclaim the gospel to the world around you.

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