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He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and 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

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Marriage is Important

The benefits of marriage, as established by many social researchers through to the present time, are widely and regularly published. We present some of these in “Some Benefits of Marriage” but here we look at the Importance of Marriage primarily from the perspective of Scripture.

God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Right from the start God made men and women equal, in “the image of God” but with complimentary differences as men and women.

On the creation of man God placed him in the garden and gave him His vision for life in the world that He, God had created. God then saw that something was incomplete and said “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). God saw that it was not good for the first man, and for most of us, to be left by himself. God then created/crafted woman out of the rib of that first man ( Genesis 2:21-22). God presented and entrusted this remarkable gift to the man. God had instituted what we know as marriage. A man and a woman becoming one new entity and, as we are told later being “one flesh”. That entity of one man and one woman being the fundamental human relationship in God’s created world. This human relationship being the basis for family — a relationship that is there ahead of the parent-child relationship.
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Prayer for marriage ~ August

The influence of postmodern thought has left its mark on twenty-first century education, introducing concepts such as pluralism, “tolerance,” and the rejection of absolute truth. Today’s curriculae are replete with materials that accept – and, in some cases, even condone immoral activities and lifestyles, which includes sex outside of marriage and marriage between any two people, and seek to embed gender theory into school curriculum. ‘Consent education’ has been mandated in our schools from 2023. Truth and freedom of speech have been compromised in some universities and schools. Christian schools are being challenged when they hold to biblical truths.

  • Give thanks that the 2022 Australian Schools Curriculum now acknowledges in the 7-10 Civics and Citizenship Curriculum in its introduction: “The curriculum recognises that Australia is a secular nation with a culturally diverse, multi-faith society and a Christian heritage.”
  • Pray for all Christian schools that they would operate in fear of God not man, & teach & adhere to Gen5:2, Matt19:4 & Genesis 2:22-24. Pray that there would be unity between them. Ps133:1.
  • Pray for the marriages in all schools, especially Christian schools.
  • Please pray that children are taught that all human lives are valuable and to respect all people, and that this respect is modelled in the family home.
  • Pray that the local church would be willing and able to fund the school chaplaincy programme in the absence of government funding. Pray that these Christian chaplains are welcomed by schools into their staffing.
  • Pray God will bring into position student […] Read More
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“God is guiding your marriage. Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy ordinance, through which He wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of time.
In your love you see only your two selves in the world, but in marriage you are a link in the chain of the generations, which God causes to come and to pass away to His glory, and calls into His kingdom. In your love you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal—it is a status, an office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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