III. Domestic Life of the Christian
11. Who instituted marriage?
The Lord God himself, with Adam and Eve in paradise.
12. What persons may unite in marriage?
Those who are not too nearly related to each other and who are of the same faith.
Leviticus 18-19, 1 Corinthians 7:39, 1 Corinthians 9:5
13. May married persons be divorced?
No. They should not be divorced. Christ said, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
14. How should married persons conduct themselves toward each other?
Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies, and wives should submit to their husbands as to the Lord.
15. What are parents to do for their children?
They are to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
16. How are children to behave toward their parents?
They are to obey their parents in all things. Honour their father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise.
Colossians 3:20, Ephesians 6:1-2
17. What have male servants and female servants to observe toward their masters?
In everything, they are to obey their earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as peoplepleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
18. How are masters to treat their subordinates?
Masters are to stop threatening, knowing that their Master also is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Ch5: Future Destiny of Man
- 1. What is the end of this natural life?
The end of life is death.
Romans 6:21, Psalm 39:5, 1 Corinthians 15:26
2. Must all man die?
Yes. It is appointed for man to die once.
3. Does the soul die with the body?
No. The soul is immortal, which no man is able to kill.
4. What becomes of the soul after death? *
This is shown in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. (The soul remains after death either in hell or heaven)
5. Will there be any in the last day that will not die?
Yes. But they will be changed into the state of incorruption.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
I. The Resurrection of the Dead
6. Will the dead rise again?
Yes. There will be a future resurrection of the just and unjust.
7. When will the dead rise?
On the last day. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will rise incorruptibly.
John 6:39, 1 Corinthians 15:52-53
8. Who will raise up the dead?
God will raise up the dead by Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:14
9. What will follow the raising of the dead?
There will be a day, in which God will judge the world in righteousness. Then we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ.
Acts 17:31, 2 Corinthians 5:10
10. Who will then be the judge?
Jesus Christ, the Son of God. For the Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son.
11. How will this take place?
When the Son of Man comes in all His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit upon the throne of His glory; and before Him will all the nations be gathered; and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: and He will set the sheep on His right hand but the goats on the left.
12. Will there be respect of persons?
With Him there is no respect of persons; for He will render to everyone according to their deeds.
Romans 2:6, 11
13. Will men be judged only according to their works?
“On the day of judgment, people will give account of every careless word they speak.”
14. Will the hidden thoughts be judged too?
The Lord will bring to light things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.”
1 Corinthians 4:5, Romans 2:16
15. In what manner will sentence be pronounced?
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’.” “Then He will say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’”
Matthew 25:34, 41
III. Rewards and Punishments
16. What will the final reward of the faithful be?
They will enter eternal life, free from all sin. “Therefore, they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will shelter them with His presence. They will hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
17. What will be the fate of the ungodly?
They will be punished with everlasting banishment from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.
2 Thessalonians 1:9
18. What lesson have we in conclusion to learn from all this?
We should learn from all this that heaven and earth will pass away, in a time and hour unknown to man; and that the Lord will then appear in judgement to give to everyone according to their works. Therefore, we should always watch and be ready, lest the day of judgement come upon us unawares, and always be ready to meet the Lord with joy and to remain with Him to all eternity. Amen.
Matthew 24:35-36, 42, 44
Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage Sermon Series
Lesson 6 Notes
Marriage will not be what you expect it to be because you’ve only started to discover who you are in Christ. Marriage is also something you cannot prepare for because it can only be discovered by going through it.
Whether you have marriage on the brain or not, it is important for all of you to understand that marriage is a very serious endeavour. And not just because it’s supposed to be a life-long commitment but because of what marriage symbolizes in the spiritual world.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?
Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
What accord has Christ with Belial (a demon)?
Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
What agreement has the temple of God with idols?
For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
We only support marriage in the context of man and woman first knowing who they are in Christ so that they can navigate marriage with God as their captain and their counselor – there are going to be storms.
Even though baptism does not have to come before marriage, we recommend it in order to give you every opportunity to come to the knowledge of God’s saving grace before entering into one of life’s biggest challenges.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Submission is love for authority exercised through free will.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Looking at this verse, how did Jesus love the church? He died for her. Are you willing to die for your wife (to-be)?
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.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”
A godly marriage is not a contract between two people because as soon as one fails to keep a vow, the contract is broken.
A godly marriage is a covenant between 3 people; the man, the woman, and God. What that means is both the man and woman are accountable to God for their actions toward each other.
He has designed marriage so that He can get involved so that when it gets tough, not if, but when it gets tough, He can walk you through it. God is in the marriage in order to sustain it and grow it.
The ‘S’ex Word
“God invented sex to show us his passion. All the pain you feel around sex is like the pain he feels at our unfaithfulness. All the joy you feel around sex is like his joy at loving his people. All the sacrifices you make are the like the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
So God says that sex belongs only in marriage not to stop us from having fun, but to stop us from getting hurt. It’s not because sex is bad. It’s because sex is too precious and too powerful and too life-changing to be unleashed without life-long commitment.”
– Tim Chester
Until the day of your wedding, you have no right to your partner’s body.
You are a new creation, with a new Spirit that is full of the strength and patience of God. In Christ, you have the ability to refrain from sexual intimacy until the day you make that vow with God in the presence of other witnesses.
Premarital sex is dangerous because it’s far more than a physical act. Sex involves every part of both people involved.
We are a spirit, who has a soul, that lives in a body. When the body is engaged in a sexual act, so is the soul (emotions, mind, will) and the spirit (identity).
You belong to God because He made you and then His Son died for you and bought you with His blood. You are not your own. You are first His and He is yours therefore, glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “You are (your body is) God’s temple and His Spirit lives there.” Therefore, do not step outside of the bounds of what God has designed.
Marriage and the intimacy of sex are a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church – He is the groom, and we are His bride.
Marriage is a lot of work but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
God will use your marriage to mature you in ways you can’t know right now but if you are willing to cling to Him, He will carry you through and transform you into someone you never thought you could be.
Your partner will never complete you; they were never designed for that because that’s God’s place in your life. God completes you so that you can know how to completely commit and give yourself to your partner by trusting Him.