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Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner 


Marriage: Rights and Responsibilities, Divine Construct

Sunday we begin a new series entitled “Marriage, rights and responsibilities.” In this four part series we’ll examine marriage as a divine institution, how sin affects the bonds of marriage, the practice of divorce, and the call of principal faithfulness to God. You might not be married but the Scripture applies to how you handle relationships in a broken world.

The culture often refers to marriage as a social construct, something that developed through cultural practice. One author says that marriage only worked when people lived into their forties. Now that we live longer, marriage as a permanent relationship doesn’t work. “Our biology and psychology aren’t set up to be with one person for four, five, or six decades.” (Dr. Pendergrass) According to the culture, it’s time to rethink marriage.

As disciples of Jesus, we hold to his teaching that marriage is a divine institution. Jesus says, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ’Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” Jesus defines marriage as an institution God created with set boundaries. Marriage forms a “one flesh” relationship. Jesus continues, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 9:4-6)

As a divine construct, God has established covenant responsibilities and rights within marriage. In a world, broken by sin, the marriage covenant can be broken. In his mercy, God provides direction for building a healthy marriage and direction for knowing when the marriage is over.

So come Sunday, and let’s listen to the scripture guide our relationships.

~Pastor Tim