4 episodes unfold in the sequence of Mark 10:1-31: A discussion on marriage and divorce, a blessing of children, a rich young ruler, and a question from Peter about reward. So what ties all this together?
We have 4 stories intertwined in Hosea 2: Hosea and Gomer, Achan’s sin at Jericho, the Exodus, and God’s relationship to Israel. But the 5th story in this text is yours. It’s what this text is telling you about how you have treated God and what He has done in response.
We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.
As part of our series of examining how each Bible book points us to Jesus, we look at the overall message of Song of Solomon and its connections to God’s redemptive work through Jesus, even redemption of marital love and intimacy.
We tackle the following questions:
If it were not for your faith in the Bible, then what other convincing reasons do you have for why it is unwise or wrong to live together with a partner without being married first?
What is grace?
What is faith?
What does Paul mean when, in Romans, he speaks of “saving faith”?
We explore biblical principles to apply to 2 questions:
Is it okay with God for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?
Is it wrong for a Christian to play the lottery? What about gambling in general?
Responses to the following questions:
1. Are we making an idol out of the cross?
2. What is a scriptural divorce and what isn’t?
3. As children of God, are we sinning when we are afraid to die?
It's one of the most familiar Bible passages. But what does it mean specifically when applied to a marriage?
We examine some of the aftereffects of sin, especially in its effects on marriage in a fallen world. But what we find in the whole story of the Bible is a message of hope for redemption even of our marriages.
"Help-meet" is a strange expression in some of the older translations of Genesis 2. But it fails to capture the magnitude of the expression. Far from a demeaning view of women in a marriage relationship, the original idea is one of a healthy and necessary interdependence between a man and woman. We explore.