812, 2020

One Ethic

One Ethic, One Standard in Life - GOD's Back in 2003 John C Maxwell had published a little book with a challenging title for some “There’s No Such Thing as Business Ethics” with a dedication reading “This book is dedicated to you for your commitment to making ethical decisions and living an ethical life. Doing the right thing may not always be easy – but it is always right.” He bases his arguments on what has been called The Golden Rule -  “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 Through the twists and the turns of the year that we have seen in our nation from the fires through to Covid-19 we have had one certainty “we can trust in the Lord”, amongst the many verses in scripture this one is often [...]

812, 2020

Marriage and Divorce 2019

Overview of Marriages and Divorces in 2019 Matthew 19:3-6 “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” 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.” [ESV] Back on the 27th November the Australian Bureau of Statistics issued its 2019 report on marriage and divorce which escaped the notice of many. The ABS state in their report that “There were 113,815 registered marriages in Australia in 2019, a decrease of 5,373 (4.5%) compared to 2018 (119,188).” Included in this figure [...]

1008, 2020

God’s design for sex, marriage, and the family matters

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations.” – G. K. CHESTERTON God’s design for sex, marriage, and the family matters. It matters to God and it should matter to us. It matters to our communities and to our nation – Marriage is a main component of the Lord’s blueprint for humans to flourish spiritually and materially. The health of a community directly correlates to the types of relationships that build it. Marriage and thus families are the foundational elements of every society because societies and cultures are comprised of lots of families living in them. We in the church should be world changers; and one way to do it is through forming communities with a marriage culture that shows God’s design and purpose for marriage to the world [...]

504, 2019

THE CHALLENGE – Building Christ centred marriages across the nation

We live in a relationally broken culture which is driven by world values! We in the church need to meaningfully show the world how fullness of life can extend beyond the individual into a committed, God-honouring Christ centred marriage? Our God is a relational God who is in a perfect triune relationship. Jesus said “...I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”(John 10:10 NRSV). We believe that our Lord desires all married people to have meaningful and fulfilling marriages. In our ministry, ‘pre-marriage’ and also marriage provides an incredible opportunity to share the gospel. There are still people who will look to the church for help, before getting married and during their marriage, whether it is in trouble or for ideas to make their marriage better. The starting point for great lives, great marriages is of course salvation, and seeking to lead Christ centred lives, and the [...]

2908, 2018

Marriage is honourable in all…..[KJV]

The consequences of a marriage failing are great. Failure in marriage affects more than husband and wife. Failure also affects friends, the extended family, the children and the children’s children and so many more. Based on the 2016 statistics through the ABS the average number of divorces per day were just under 128 and these divorces impacted the lives of just over 110 children. Attacks on marriage are often one small imperceptible step at a time, but all the time satan is diligent in his attack, as he has been since just after the first marriage. The reasons given for divorce give us some idea of the most common areas of attack and therefore areas that we need to equip the people of the church, and our wider community, for healthy relationships both within marriage/family and outside. A healthy church is a great incubator for evangelism. With an incubator there [...]

708, 2018

πορνεία – porneia

πορνεία, porneia The definition of πορνεία, porneia, in Strongs will be known by some but is worth repeating “harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry: — fornication. Fornication being illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. sexual intercourse with close relatives [Leviticus 18] sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman [Mark 10:11-12] According to the world model it is natural/right for pre-marital sex, co-habitation - for some a “try before you buy attitude”, others because it is “love” or just because it is what others do! We only need to look at some of the advertising around us to see how “sex- saturated” the world is. It is no wonder that without correct equipping, many people, particularly teenagers, feel the need to be sexually active. This is probably not helped by the current tendency of marriage not occurring until the median age of 29.9 for [...]

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband..”—
Ephesians 5. 31-33

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