Sunday Morning Worship
February 2, 2014
Series: “Family 2.0”
Today: “Marriage Mania”
Scripture: Matthew 19:1-9 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?
6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Intro: Today’s title, Marriage Mania, speaks of enthusiasm for marriage .
A. Popularity does not change God’s moral codes.
B. Question for today: How do we get our enthusiasm back for marriage ?
I. WHO IS MARRIAGE FOR?
A. Jesus said: Matthew 19:4 – “A male and a female.”
B. Marriage is not for everyone.
Matthew 19:10-11 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
II. “LEAVE AND CLEAVE” IS BIBLICAL .
A. Marriage is to replace our family of origin’s priority in our life. (Matthew 19:5)
* Commitment to the relationship makes the relationship rich .
B. Leave and cleave means fix and repair .
Conclusion: Jesus spoke to the reality of divorce .
* Many of you have been through the pain of divorce; God loves and forgives .