We wrapped up our “What Will You Defend?” Series this past Sunday Night with the message, “Defending Marriage and Life?” We started off the night with a crazy game where teams had to spell a word that was called out using the letters that were on their feet. You can check out some of the pictures below.
After worship, we moved into the message that New Life Church’s Senior Pastor (Pastor John) tag teamed with our Youth Pastor (Pastor Dustin).
Our core verse for this three part series has been: 1 Peter 3:15NIV says, But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an
answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
This verse tells us that we are to put God above all as the Lord of our lives, always be ready to give an answer for (defend) the hope we have, and to do so in gentleness and respect so others may see the hope and love of Christ in you.
We looked at questions from two different topics. Some of the questions were:
1. What does the Bible actually say about marriage and homosexuality?
Genesis 1:27NIV— So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 2:4— That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Romans 1:24-27—Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their
hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and
served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
We see examples from the Old AND New Testament about God’s design for marriage. The Old Testament shows us two types of laws: the ceremonial
law and the moral law. The ceremonial law was only for the Jews as God’s chosen people to set them apart, but the moral law was meant for all people
and still applies to us today. God’s design for marriage and sins associated with sexual immorality falls under the moral law that God designed for us.
2. Is living together before marriage a sin if nothing sexual happens?
A. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22NKJV— Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. (stay away from the very appearance of evil.)
B. Living above reproach (before God and others)— Philippians 2:15; Titus; Colossians 3
-It’s not about seeing how close to sinning you can get without actually sinning.
-Ephesians 4:27— Not giving Satan a foothold. (Giving Satan even the smallest hold on an area of your life can lead to big problems and mistakes)
3. Is divorce a sin?
A. Depends on the reason. (Matthew 19:9NIV— I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”)
B. Malachi 2:17— God hates divorce.
The bottom line that the students were given was: God does permit divorce in certain circumstances, but it doesn’t mean that it was his original plan. God hates divorce because it breaks the oneness and covenant of love that he created the man and wife to experience in and through him. We should fight for and do all we can to save and protect God’s definition and desire for marriage. For those who have divorced for convenience or reasons not permitted in the Bible, God certainly forgives and restores when we turn to and surrender to him.
1. What Scripture does the church use to defend its pro-life stance?
A. Exodus 20:13— “You shall not murder…”
B. Psalm 139:14— For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
C. Jeremiah 1:5— Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…
– God’s love and plan for us begins in the womb. We are precious and loved by God even before the moment of conception.
2. Is abortion a crime?
-According to the Word of God, yes it is.
3. Is abortion allowed in the case of rape if the woman wants to have an abortion because the baby would be a constant reminder of the traumatic event? – We personally feel that aborting (taking another life) because of someone else’s actions is wrong and should not be done. God is able to heal all wounds and trauma when we trust in him.
4. Is abortion allowed if the mother’s or baby’s life is at risk?
-While we can certainly understand why someone would choose abortion in this case, we reminded the youth of Jesus coming to the Earth to give us life even though he knew the pain and suffering it would cause him. He did this out of his deep and endless love for us. Also, in today’s advanced culture of medicine and technology, it would be extremely rare for the mother to be in a situation that would cost her her life.
Why do we defend the biblical definition of marriage and life? The same reason we said we defend Creation and Our Faith— So others can come to know the love and freedom found only in a relationship with Christ, and the unique purpose that God has for their lives. Regardless of how strongly we may disagree with those we are talking with, we are to do so in a way that shows them that we value them, and points them towards Christ and not away from him!