How many of you have been impacted by divorce? Separation? During the sermon on Sunday I interviewed two couples from Faith Church, each of which had one spouse that was previously divorced. I was so thankful for their courage and vulnerability to stand in front of a roomful of people and talk about the painful past. There were tears. And yet, as they shared about the work of God in their lives, there was also joy. I urge you to listen to the sermon and be encouraged by their stories. While this was certainly a sermon about the struggles and brokenness that can occur in marriage, it was also a sermon about how God can work his restoration and healing in all of us. It was a sermon that says there is hope, when we put God at the center of our marriages.
It is relationship month at Faith Church, and we’ve been walking through 1st Corinthians 7, learning how Paul answered some questions about relationships, questions that the Christians in the city of Corinth had written him about.
So how would you answer these questions:
- Should Christians ever separate from their spouse? If so, when?
- Should Christians ever get a divorce? Again, if so, when?
- If divorced, is it okay to remarry?
- Is it okay if Christians marry those who are not Christians?
- What does it mean that people are sanctified through their spouses?
- How does a Christian parent make their children holy
I introduced those questions last week, and on Sunday we looked at 1st Corinthians 7:10-16 where Paul answers them…kinda. Those last two are thorny ones, and Paul mentions them, but I feel he could have said a whole lot more to help us understand them!
So our sermon this past Sunday was all about seeing what Paul had to say about these vital questions that have impacted many lives. Feel free to discuss it further in the comment section below!