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  • 1. WELCOME! Parkside Bible Fellowship Adult Summer Sunday School July 5th, 2009 4th Session
  • 2. Parkside Adult Sunday School Blog The goal of this Sunday School Blog is to have another outlet besides our Sunday discussions during Sunday School. It allows for more interaction and discussion during the course of the week. You are free to comment, ask questions, give advice or post anything related to our topic. http://pbfadultsundayschool.blogspot.com/
  • 3. IN THE NEWS 1. June 30, 2009: President Obama for the “I believe that we can achieve equality millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Endorses Americans toin this country and Transgender) people Accept Homosexuality leadership team, I know that with this LGBT • JuneLGBT community will play a major role in the was Gay Pride Month our campaign to bring change to • President Obama hosted a Gay Pride Washington.” Obama acknowledged that manythe White still celebration on Tuesday at Americans House. disapprove of homosexuality. "There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes," he stated.
  • 4. 2. July 2, 2009: NEA Supports Homosexuality. • NEA (National Education Association) approved language supporting same-sex marriage, homosexual adoption, and other issues surrounding the homosexual agenda. 3. Judeo Christian Beliefs • A speech by Congressman Randy Forbes from Virginia in the House of Representatives reaffirming our belief in Judeo Christian Values.
  • 5. A speech by Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia in the House of Representatives reaffirming our belief in Judeo Christian Ethics. Spiritual Heritage Resolution
  • 6. Let’s sing, God Bless America
  • 7. Matthew 22: 36-38 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37And He said to him, „YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 38"This is the great and foremost commandment.
  • 8. Verses 39 to 40 39Thesecond is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
  • 9. ETHOS: MORAL CHARACTER Study of MORALITY what is right and wrong, good and evil BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES are revealed through the study of scripture and defines how we should act and live as Christians Heart of Christian Ethics is the GOSPEL. REGENERATING work of the Holy Spirit, the inner heart of man is renewed! Morality must have ABSOLUTES. MORAL ABSOLUTES are revealed to us through God’s Word.
  • 10. Absolute Truth or Moral Absolutes Whatever is true at one time and at one place is true at all time's and at all places. What is true for one person is true for all person's. Truth is true whether we believe it or not. Truth is discovered or it is revealed through God’s Word, it is not invented by a culture or by religious men.
  • 11. 1. John 14:6: Jesus, God Incarnate is Truth. 2. Rom. 1:19-20; 2:14-16: God has made principle elements of truth (Him) known to all people. • It is clear enough that man is without excuse. 3. Rom. 1:20: He holds us responsible (at the judgment) for the truth, it is therefore sufficiently clear.
  • 12. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina said this was his first and only extramarital affair during a 19- year marriage. He invoked Scripture and his faith several times during the 18-minute news conference. “Believe it or not, I’ve been a Gov. Mark person of faith all my life. There are Sanford of South moral absolutes,” intended “to Carolina protect you from yourself.” He called his actions, “selfish,” and said they carry consequences.
  • 13. Where do we find moral absolutes or a moral code to live by? 1. Ten Commandments 2. Beatitudes 3. Other areas of scripture 4. Ethical teachings such as murder, adultery, divorce are found in the Bible 5. These take the form of the Old Testament teachings and are found in the New Testament
  • 14. So, what is moral relativism? Moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are and therefore subject to a person's individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. You decide what's right for you, and I'll decide what's right for me. Moral relativism says, "It's true for me, if I believe it."
  • 15. So, what is moral relativism? 1. What‟s true for you may not be true for me.” 2. “No culture is better or worse than another.” 3. “There are no absolute morals, just differing opinions.” 4. The belief that truth/error, right/wrong are determined by the individual.
  • 16. Catch Phrases of Relativism •“Just go with the flow.” •“If it feels good, do it.” •“Anything goes.” •“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” •“Different strokes, for different folks.” •“What works for you, works for me.” •Tolerance
  • 17. 1. Over the last 50 years, name some of the examples of how traditional marriage has been threatened in American society?  Co-habitation Living together Fornication Premarital Sex  Divorce  Adultery Extramarital Sex  Same Sex marriage
  • 18. : The institution of marriage is God-ordained and occurs between a man and a woman until death severs the bond. Marriage is a human contract made between any two people, and either party can terminate it for any reason.
  • 19. How/why did we get to this point in our society where the sanctity of marriage is threatened? 1. Sexual revolution in the 60's 2. Media (Hollywood) 3. The Pill (birth control) 4. Abortion (Roe vs Wade) 5. Illegitimacy (Fatherlessness) 6. Cohabitation 7. Reproductive Technologies 8. Divorce 9. Gay Rights
  • 20. Quotes On Marriage 1. For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably a miracle….Bill Cosby 2. There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends…..Homer 3. My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher…..Socrates
  • 21. Quotes On Marriage 4. Getting a dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centered, to accept sudden, surprising outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car….Will Stanton 5. Elections are a good deal like marriages. There's no accounting for anyone's taste. Every time we see a bridegroom we wonder why she ever picked him, and it's the same with public officials….Will Rogers
  • 22. A MUST: The acknowledgement of God‟s guidance throughout the marriage is first and foremost. To love and To have to cherish, and to till death us hold from do part this day forward In sickness For better and in For richer for for worse health. poorer
  • 23. What does the Bible say about marriage? 1. Hebrews 13: 4: Marriage is honorable 2. Matthew 19:4-5, Gen. 2:24: What is God's intent for marriage? •MARRIAGE is the JOINING of ONE MAN with ONE WOMAN, for LIFE by GOD. "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).” Matt. 19: 6
  • 24. What does the Bible say about marriage? 1. God created us to have relationships • With Him: • “our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Thee.” (St. Augustine) • Biblical principle: God designed us for a relationship with Him. The whole of Scripture speaks of our relationship with Him: how to have it, how to hold onto it, how to rest in it, how to communicate it, how to enjoy it.
  • 25. What does the Bible say about marriage? 1. God created us to have relationships • With others: I Corinthians 12:18-21: • 18Butnow God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." • Biblical principle: God has placed us into the body of Christ (the Church), doesn’t this also mean He places each one of us with the spouse of His choice?
  • 26. What does the Bible say about marriage? 2. Marriage carries out God‟s Plan for Mankind • Reflect: Christian marriages are to reflect God’s image: • Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.… So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:26-27. • Biblical Principle: Each individual (as a male and as a female) is created in the image of God. However, a married couple has a unique capacity to reflect His image as husband and wife. When we recognize our purpose is to reflect the image of God, we see that we have an opportunity to be a witness to a lost world.
  • 27. What does the Bible say about marriage? 3. God‟s purpose for marriage is to reproduce: • Reproduce: Genesis 1:28a, God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” • Biblical principle: Marriage is an opportunity for men and women to produce children. Children are a gift from God and with them comes great responsibility: children are to be raised in His “likeness.” • Not all married couples have children. Nevertheless, they are to demonstrate God’s likeness in their day to day lives.
  • 28. What does the Bible say about marriage? 4. God‟s purpose for marriage, to reign: • Reign: Genesis 1:28a, God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” • Biblical principle: According to this verse, married couples are to “subdue” the earth. To accomplish this requires good stewardship in the physical realm over that which God has given. It also requires diligence in the spiritual realm. Together married couples are to be “soldiers” directed by God to accomplish His intentions on earth.