SERMON TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 19:3-9
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Genesis 2:22-24, 1 John 1:6-9, Ezekiel 23:37, Hosea.
NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question # 13 | Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.
- What Jesus Wants to Talk About
- The Weight of Separation
- God’s Gospel Promise
"As the sociologist Charles Stokes pointed out, practicing conservative Protestants have much lower divorce rates, and practicing believers generally divorce less frequently than the secular and unaffiliated.
But the lukewarmly religious are a different matter. What Stokes calls “nominal” conservative Protestants, who attend church less than twice a month, have higher divorce rates even than the nonreligious. And you can find similar patterns with other indicators — out-of-wedlock births, for instance, are rarer among religious-engaged evangelical Christians, but nominal evangelicals are a very different story." — Ross Douthat, The New York Times
"Indeed, Townshend is describing nothing less than the experience of grace, the moment when we stop asking “Who Am I?” and start asking “Who Are You?” The moment when, to our eternal surprise, the answer comes back: “Love.” And not just airy-fairy love, but love in the midst of deserved judgment. Love that meets the sewer hole with a kiss. Anyone acquainted with their own broken cup of a heart knows just how miraculous, indeed how divine, this kind of love is. We know that it cannot come from us, only to us. Perhaps that’s why we call it one-way love. If it is to be trustworthy, it must be bound to the identity of the Lover, not the beloved." — David Zahl, The Who Behind the Who
In Christ Alone
How He Loves
The Solid Rock
Christ Is Risen