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Marriage – An Invitation to Greatness

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					Marriage – An Invitation to Greatness
Genesis 1:26-2:25

Introduction
• The Seven Stages of the Married Cold
(From Staying Close by Dennis and Barbara Rainey)

Marriage can be ordinary, routine, and meaningless if lived under the sun

OR …

Marriage can be poised to share in the greatness of God

Marriage – Created by God
• Foundation of Genesis 1 – created in the context of God’s greatness • Knowing, growing and having a part in relationship with an eternal God (John 17:3; Romans 12:1-2) • Faithfulness in matters of eternal significance (Matthew 25:23)

Marriage – Centered by God
• Mystery of Genesis 1:27-28 • Mirroring the image of who God is and what God has done (Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 5:22-32) • Value of the woman & a place of safety (Genesis 2; Ephesians 6:12) • Return to the normative design of God for marriages (Genesis 1-2) – the nurturing of godliness

Marriage – Called by God
• Context of Genesis 1:28 – consecrating impact of God in this world • Credibility of the family in bearing fruit (John 15:8) • Discipling our next generations (Psalms 78:5-7; 2 Timothy 2:2) • “The education of our children begins one hundred years before they are born.” (Harold Wilkes)

Conclusion
• Marriage is not about us… it is about God and His greatness • Marriage affects God’s reputation and our experience of His greatness • Marriage did not take place on a romantic balcony but on a spiritual battlefield


				
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