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The Marriage Vow. An Enduring Covenant. Marriage under assault. Legalizing same-sex marriage 5.4 million lived together without marriage in 2005 “Unmarried couples made up 12% of U.S. couples in 2010, a 25% increase from 10 years ago.” ( USA Today , 6/2/11). The Marriage Vow.

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the marriage vow

The Marriage Vow

An Enduring Covenant

marriage under assault
Marriage under assault
  • Legalizing same-sex marriage
  • 5.4 million lived together without marriage in 2005
  • “Unmarried couples made up 12% of U.S. couples in 2010, a 25% increase from 10 years ago.” (USA Today, 6/2/11)
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The Marriage Vow
  • Vow to God: Honor His will on marriage, Gen 2:24; Matt 19:3-6; Heb 13:4
    • Don’t vow rashly, Eccl 5:2; Prov 20:25
    • Keep your vow, Eccl 5:4-6
    • Accountability to God and integrity before men
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The Marriage Vow
  • Vow to each other: God-approved marriage covenant, Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14
    • Vow:

“Do you take this woman/man whose hand you now hold to be your lawful and wedded wife/husband?”

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The Marriage Vow
  • Lawful marriages: God-approved, Matt 19:6; Rom 7:2
    • God joins together, Matt 19:6
    • Given to provide life partner, to populate earth and protect against sin, Gen 2:18; 1:28; 1 Cor 7:2
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The Marriage Vow
  • Unlawful marriages: God-rejected, Rom 7:3; Mk 6:17-18
    • Such are not valid before God even though men legally approve of them
    • Unlawful marriage is adultery, Mk 10:11-12 (Matt 19:9)
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The Marriage Vow
  • Lessons include:
    • Who you marry will affect your standing with God, so be certain it is lawful according to God’s will before you marry
    • Take the marriage vows seriously and live by them
the marriage vow freely accepted obligations
The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Romans 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-33
    • Husband:

Do you promise to love and cherish her in sickness and in health, and to provide for her in prosperity and adversity?

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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Husband…
    • Love wife as Christ loved the church, Eph 5:25-27
      • Sacrificially (to save), Eph 5:23, 25
      • Remove occasions for bitterness as you reinforce your love for her, 1 Pet 3:7
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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Husband…
    • Cherish her as your own flesh, Eph 5:28-29 (Gen 2:23-24)
      • Place great value upon her
      • Regardless of life’s circumstances (sickness, health, richer, poorer)
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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Husband…
    • Provide for her in both good and hard times, 1 Tim 5:8
    • Lead and provide as a loving head, Eph 5:23, 33
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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Romans 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-33
    • Wife:

Do you promise to love and honor him in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity?

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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Wife…
    • Love and honor him as the church does Christ, Eph 5:22-24, 33
      • Submit to your husband, Titus 2:5
        • Yield to his leadership
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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Wife…
    • Honor him with your words and actions
      • This validation secures him and makes his role easier
      • Regardless of life’s circumstances, cf. Ruth 1:16-17
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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Romans 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-33
    • Husband and Wife:

…to be faithful to her/him, and forsaking all others, cleave unto her/him and to her/him alone…

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The Marriage Vow:Freely Accepted Obligations
  • Faithfulness helps to secure your marriage
    • Infidelity and deceit assault the purity, openness and trust of marriage
    • It is hatred of your own flesh (Eph 5:29)
    • Right to put away and remarry, Matt 19:9
the marriage vow lasts a lifetime
The Marriage Vow:Lasts a Lifetime
  • Until death

…until death you do part?

    • For life, so choose wisely!
    • Calls for all the attributes of Christ to be practiced toward each other, Col 3:12-15
honor marriage
Honor Marriage
  • Do not neglect and abuse marriage
  • Strengthen by keeping your vows
  • Be thankful to God for marriage and for your marriage partner, Eccl 9:9