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… be of one and the same mind, 

have the same love, be in full accord …

 

You may be tempted to credit Oprah, Dr. Phil, Dr Oz, or one of a host of contemporary pop psychologists for this kernel of wisdom, necessary for building a strong marriage, family, or community. 

 

Pop psychologists love to borrow freely from scripture.  This nugget of wisdom is from Philippians 2:2. 

 

God’s desire is that His people get along.  Unfortunately, the church today is a hothouse of division and conflict.  Go into any church in America today and you’ll find a divided house.  

 

Congregations are divided over:

Dress codes for worship

The style of music used in worship

Use of videos and projectors

Times for worship

Coffee, thermostats, sound systems, and volume

 

None of these are burning biblical or theological issues.  They are all issues of personal preference.  

 

Somewhere along the way Christians have convinced themselves that the 1976 Burger King commercial, “Have it your way.” is a quote from scripture.  It’s not!

 

It’s easy for us to point the finger at others who want to have it their way.  But God’s desire is that we look within at ourselves.  

 

Are you looking for a Burger King Church?  If you are angry at your Pastor or the leadership board of your church; if you have stopped going to worship; if you frequently change churches, all because worship and community life does not suit your personal preferences, God has a Word for you.

 

My wife admires those older couples in the congregation who never complain when we sing contemporary praise music.  She equally admires younger members who are agreeable when we sing hymns from the 1800’s.  

 

God smiles on these saints because they get it.  They understand Philippians 2:2.  They have learned to put others ahead of themselves.

 

What about you?

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… make my joy for you complete …

Philippians 2:2

 

It has been a good week for me as a parent.  Both of my sons texted me with good news.  One has landed a few new clients for his business and the other has been placed in a leadership role which he has sought at work.  

 

I want the very best for my two sons. While my sons are married and live far away, nothing gives    me more joy than to hear them rejoice.  

 

God wants the very best for us.  In Jeremiah 29:11, God proclaims:

I have plans for you, for your good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

In John 15:11, Jesus tells us His dreams for us:

I want my joy to be in you so that your joy may be complete.

 

Throughout scripture God calls us His children.  It is a term of affection and endearment which communicates His deep parental love and hopes for us.  

 

God wants you, His precious child to experience the depths of His joy for you. He dreams of your happiness.  

 

God’s desire for us to experience this joy is so deep that He tells us how to find it and to keep it through out the teachings of scripture.  God has shown us The Way to have complete joy.  

 

If you will simply follow and trust God’s Word, you will have His complete joy.  If you don’t you never will.

 

I know this from personal experience.  

 

When I live life my way, I may experience temporal pleasure, but not joy.  When I live life my way, I may boast in my freedom, until I find myself lodged in a mess.  

 

It’s amazing how we so easily exchange God’s gold for the world’s shiny brass. We loss so much in life polishing our brass idols, rather than seeking God’s gold.  

 

God wants the very best for you … His complete joy.  

 

It’s yours for the following.

 

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Your Best Love, 4

Genesis 2:15, 18-25

Preaching Notes

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I.  God’s Purpose for The Man’s Life

To glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever

To work the garden and to thrive in it

To not be alone – this led to the formation of The Helper, The Woman

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II.  The Purpose of Marriage

Marriage is a union between one man and one woman, designed of God to last so long as they both shall live.  Marriage is designed for the mutual help of husband and wife; for the safeguarding, undergirding, and development of their moral and spiritual character; for the propagation of children and the rearing of them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (2) 

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III.  The Five Tasks of Marriage

1st Task – Be a Help Mate

God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” Genesis 2:18 (3)

2nd Task – Be a Soul Mate

“Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” Genesis 2:23 (4)

An Emotional Soul Mate

Jacob and Rachel – Genesis 29

Vs 11 – Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud

Vs 12 – Rachel ran and told her father

Vs 20 – Jacob served Laban 7 years, 

But they seemed to him but a few days because he loved her 

Vs 30 – Jacob loved Rachel more than … anyone

A Spiritual Soul Mate

So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  Ephesians 5:27  (5)

Ruth and Boaz – Boaz her redeemer

Vs 13 – So Boaz took Ruth as his wife …

Vs 14 – Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you without a redeemer …

  Vs 15 – He shall be a restorer and nourisher of you life …

3rd Task – Be a Team Mate

Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 (6)

No I or me in team

As if siamese twins

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Philippians 2:2 (7)

4th Task – Be a Mating Mate

The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25 (8)

One implication of Genesis 3:16 is that

The Man and Woman bringing children into the world

This is a marriage task

not a male and female task

Make life, give life, mold life

5th Task – Be a Life Mate

Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”  Matthew 19:4–6 (9)

Recognition that marriage is God’s creation

Again, do not be unequally yoked

Lyrics from When I Say I Do

There must be a God, I believe its true. 

Cause I can see His love, when I look at you. 

And he must have a plan for this crazy life. 

Because He brought you here and placed you by my side. (10)

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  1. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:15, 18–25.
  2. The Westminster Confession, Chapter 24, sections 1 and 2.
  3. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:18.
  4. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:23.
  5. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ephesians 5:27.
  6. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:24.
  7. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Philippians 2:2.
  8. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:25.
  9. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Matthew 19:4–6.
  10. http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/When-I-say-I-do-lyrics-Matthew-West/A5F4D556C70043FA4825756000243A49.
 

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