What is the status of your relationship?

2 May

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Facebook has made relationship status a big deal in our culture.  What is your status?  Single, Dating, Engaged, Married, Separated, Divorced?  Sometimes that status changes, and sometimes it is painful.

So how is your relationship going?  Is your marriage thriving?  How are you and your spouse doing?  Are you struggling?  Are you single?  Wondering if you’ll ever get married?  This series of sermons is for you!

It’s relationship month at Faith Church, and each of the four weeks will focus on the various relationship stages in our lives: marriage, divorce, our relationship with God, and singleness.

When I plan out a sermon series, I usually plot it out months in advance.  I felt that 1st Corinthians chapter 7 needed to be broken down into four sermons, and it just so happened to fall into the four weeks of the month of May!

Paul has received some relationship questions from the disciples of Jesus in Corinth, and in this chapter, he attempts to give them answers.  The Corinthian disciples’ questions might sound very familiar to you.  My guess is that whether married, divorced, separated or single, you have asked at least some of these questions about your life and relationships.  While the Corinthian disciples didn’t ask all of the questions below, they did ask quite a few.  I’ve expanded the list because the questions they ask often lead to others that people wonder about in our culture.

  1. How often should a married couple have sex?  Is it okay to take a break from sex?
  2. What is the key to a happy marriage?
  3. I’m married to someone of a different religion, or to someone with no religion.  Is God mad at me?  What should I do about this?
  4. What about roles in marriage?  The traditional understanding of the Bible is that of male headship.  What does that mean?  Doesn’t the Bible also teach that men and women are equal partners?  What if my husband is not the spiritual leader?
  5. Is it okay to be separated?  What should I do if my spouse is abusing me?
  6. We know God hates divorce, but isn’t it okay sometimes?  Doesn’t God want me to be happy rather than be in an awful marriage?
  7. What about single people?  How much should they seek to be married?  What does it mean that God might give someone the gift of singleness?  What if I suspect I have the gift of singleness, but I really want to be married?
  8. What does it mean to be in a relationship with the Lord?  What does it mean to be satisfied in him, when I really want to have a spouse too?

We could go on and on.  These are the major questions we’ll be looking at. I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to answer them all.  In fact, I really doubt that we will.  Four 30-35 minutes sermons will likely only scratch the surface.  So maybe you’ll join us for sermon discussion on Sunday morning after the sermon.  Worship begins at 9:30, and sermon discussion, along with other classes, begins at 11am. You can also feel free to discuss the sermons further on the blog site.

So as we enter into relationship month, what questions do you have?  Do you have some that are not on the list?  Feel free to ask them in the comment section below.

The first sermon is going to be all about marriage: It is a good thing!!!  You can prep for it by reading 1 Corinthians 7:1-9.

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