Sermons on Family & Marriage
Loving and Respecting Marriages
Marriage is a divine institution established by God, and it is intended to be a source of joy, intimacy, and fulfillment. Yet, in today’s world, many marriages face challenges and struggles that can strain the relationship between spouses. In this sermon, we will explore God’s plan for a thriving marriage, based on the powerful principle of love and respect. Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:33 Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler
What does God say about divorce?
God created marriage in such a way that man and woman “become one flesh”. Marriage is supposed to be a sacred bond that lasts until death. But we know that’s not always the case. Marriages are tricky relationships because of our sinful nature. So what does God say about divorce? Are there situations where it’s okay to get divorced, or should people stay in marriages no matter what? What happens in future relationships for people who have been divorced? To…
Demonstrate Purity and Faithfulness
The Sixth Commandment directs: You shall not commit adultery. God created sex as a gift to be shared within a marriage, but our sinful desires often lead us to explore this gift in impure and unfaithful ways. When we obey this commandment, we are demonstrating love and respect not only to our spouses, but to ourselves and to God. Out of love for us, God leads us to live lives of purity and faithfulness. Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-4 Sermon Text: Exodus…
One of the most important decisions we make is who, when, or if we are going to marry. Our culture teaches that marriage is about our own personal happiness. Therefore, we should choose to marry someone only insofar as that person makes us happy. The new Christians in the Corinthian church inherited that same mindset from their culture. So, Paul teaches them to look at marriage as an opportunity to sacrificially commit to another person in Christ. (Paul does talk…
David & Absalom
David fathered dozens of children. Unfortunately, he missed the mark on disciplining many of them. The consequences of David’s parenting failures resulted in his son Absalom killing his brother and attempting to steal the kingdom from his father. David flees Jerusalem and must deal with how his failures impact his family and the entire kingdom of Israel. Part of the role of a parent is to discipline children, teaching them right from wrong and leading them to grow in faith.…
God’s Call to Fathers
Fathers often feel ill-equipped to lead their households, struggling with the burdens they feel to provide for their families. However, like mothers, fathers play unique and important roles in their families. God has called fathers to train and instruct their children to fear the Lord and share Him with their world. Sermon text: Ephesians 6:4
God’s Call to Children and Their Families
There is often some confusion about role children play in the family and who makes family decisions. God’s word is very clear about who leads families: parents. God calls children to obey their parents, honor them, and care for them when needed. With these commands, he promises blessings for children. Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:1-3
God’s Call to Spouses
In today’s culture, husbands and wives often neglect their callings to be devoted to their spouses for a variety of reasons. But God calls husbands and wives to love and respect one another not just so that they can have a fruitful marriage, but more importantly so that they might show the world the marriage between Christ and his Church. Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:22-33
God’s Call to Mothers
Moms often feel like the work they do for their families and communities goes unnoticed. However, mothers play essential roles in God’s kingdom. God has called mothers not only to create new life, but to nurture, care, and guide God’s children so that they might bless thousands of generations. Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 1:3-7
Who Told You … Christians Are Too Judgmental about Sex?
God’s design of sex and marriage might seem oppressive at first, because personal freedom and tolerance are two of the highest values of contemporary culture. And yet, God’s restrictions of sex in a marriage has the goal of human flourishing. Like a train “restricted” to its tracks thrives, so also God restricts sex to marriage so that humans might thrive. The goal of God’s design is faithfulness and commitment between husband and wife and a healthy home for children. In…
Who Told You… Women Shouldn’t Have Equal Rights?
The New Testament was written at a time and place where there was incredible inequality between men and women. And yet, Jesus and his followers went back to the first page of the Bible when God says that he created both genders in his image. The early Christians, like Paul, did what they could to elevate the status of women. For example, we see at the end of Romans how Paul lists many women who showed great leadership and faith…
Joseph: From Pride to Humility
Joseph knew he was destined for great things. His dreams were big, and he didn’t hesitate to share them with his family. His father loved him, and his brothers despised him. Eventually, however, God taught Joseph humility and guided him to heal the broken relationships in his family. Pride gets in the way of our family relationships too. But, with God’s help, we can become humble and reconcile ourselves to our families and to God. Scriptures: Romans 8:28-32 Sermon Text: Genesis 45:4-15