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  • Genesis 2 “This is the account of the heavens andthe earth when they were created, when theLORD God made the earth and the heavens….Then the LORD God formed a man from thedust of the ground and breathed into hisnostrils the breath of life, and the manbecame a living being….”
  • Genesis 2 “Now the LORD God had planted a gardenin the east, in Eden; and there he put the manhe had formed…A river watering the gardenflowed from Eden…(and) The LORD God tookthe man and put him in the Garden of Edento work it and take care of it….”
  • Genesis 2 “Then the LORD God made a woman fromthe rib he had taken out of the man, and hebrought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of mybones and flesh of my flesh; she shall becalled „woman,‟ for she was taken out of man.”
  • Genesis 2 “The LORD God said, “It is not good forthe man to be alone. I will make a helpersuitable for him….But for Adam no suitablehelper was found. So the LORD God causedthe man to fall into a deep sleep; and whilehe was sleeping, he took one of the man‟s ribsand then closed up the place with flesh….”
  • Genesis 2 “That is why a man leaves his father andmother and is united to his wife, and theybecome one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked,and they felt no shame.” (Genesis 2:4, 7-8, 11, 18-25)
  • The Purpose of Marriage
  • The Purpose of Marriage “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) “I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) “I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) “This is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh….” (Genesis 2:23)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP a. Constancy (aka. life-long commitment)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP a. Constancy (aka. life-long commitment) b. Transparency (aka. fully known and loved)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP a. Constancy (aka. life-long commitment) b. Transparency (aka. fully known and loved) c. Sympathy (aka. shared passions)
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP a. Constancy (aka. life-long commitment) b. Transparency (aka. fully known and loved) c. Sympathy (aka. shared passions) d. Christ (aka. spiritual friendship)
  • Tim Keller “Friendship is a deep oneness that develops as two people, speaking the truth in love to each other, journey together to the same horizon…. Perhaps the richest and best relationships, however, are those that combine both the natural and the supernatural elements. Marriage, of course, can add the power of romantic love to the natural andsupernatural bonds of friendship, and this is what can make marriage the richest of all human friendships.”
  • The Purpose of Marriage1) TRUE FRIENDSHIP a. Constancy (aka. life-long commitment) b. Transparency (aka. fully known and loved) c. Sympathy (aka. shared passions) d. Christ (aka. spiritual friendship) “This is my lover, this is my friend.” (Song of Solomon 5:16)
  • Ephesians 5 “Husbands, love your wives, as Christloved the church and gave himself up for her,that he might sanctify her, having cleansedher by the washing of water with the word,so that he might present the church to himselfin splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anysuch thing, that she might be holy andwithout blemish.” (25-27)
  • The Purpose of Marriage2) PERSONAL REFINEMENT
  • The Purpose of Marriage2) PERSONAL REFINEMENT a. Cleansed (once dirty, now clean)
  • The Purpose of Marriage2) PERSONAL REFINEMENT a. Cleansed (once dirty, now clean) b. Perfected (once blemished, now perfectly crafted)
  • The Purpose of Marriage2) PERSONAL REFINEMENT a. Cleansed (once dirty, now clean) b. Perfected (once blemished, now perfectly crafted) c. Sanctified (once unacceptable, now Holy)
  • The Purpose of Marriage2) PERSONAL REFINEMENT a. Cleansed (once dirty, now clean) b. Perfected (once blemished, now perfectly crafted) c. Sanctified (once unacceptable, now Holy) “What if God‟s primary purpose in marriage is not to make you Happy, but to make you Holy?” (Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage)
  • How Do We Find God’s Best?
  • How Do We Find God’s Best?1) Screen first for FRIENDSHIP
  • How Do We Find God’s Best?1) Screen first for FRIENDSHIP2) Never stop DATING your SPOUSE
  • How Do We Find God’s Best?1) Screen first for FRIENDSHIP2) Never stop DATING your SPOUSE3) Make sure KIDS KNOW that your SPOUSE IS MORE IMPORTANT than they are!
  • How Do We Find God’s Best?1) Screen first for FRIENDSHIP2) Never stop DATING your SPOUSE3) Make sure KIDS KNOW that your SPOUSE IS MORE IMPORTANT than they are!4) Stop asking „WHY,‟ Start asking „HOW‟
  • Revelation 21 “Then I saw a new heaven and a newearth; for the first heaven and the first earthpassed away, and there is no longer any sea.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,coming down out of heaven from God, madeready as a bride adorned for her husband….”
  • Revelation 21 “And I heard a loud voice from thethrone, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle ofGod is among men, and He will dwell amongthem, and they shall be His people, and GodHimself will be among them, and He willwipe away every tear from their eyes….”
  • Revelation 21 “And there will no longer be any death;there will no longer be any mourning, orcrying, or pain; the first things have passedaway. And He who sits on the throne said,“Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:1-5)
  • The Purpose of Marriage 3) SHARED MISSION
  • The Purpose of Marriage 3) SHARED MISSION paradigm 1—Focus on Mission
  • The Purpose of Marriage 3) SHARED MISSION paradigm 1—Focuson Mission paradigm 2—Focus on the Family
  • The Purpose of Marriage 3) SHARED MISSION paradigm 1—Focuson Mission paradigm 2—Focus on the Family paradigm 3—Becoming a Family on Mission