Lead Pastor Toby Cox
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Marriage, part 3
Ephesians 5:25-30 (ESV)
25 (A)Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and (B)gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by (C)the washing of water (D)with the word, 27 so (E)that he might present the church to himself in splendor, (F)without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way (G)husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because (H)we are members of his body.
Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; (A)I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”
Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven (A)is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy (B)he goes and sells all that he has and (C)buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding (D)one pearl of great value, (E)went and sold all that he had and (F)bought it.
Proverbs 31:10-12 (ESV)
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 [a] (A)An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than (B)jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
Loss of Pursuit
Revelation 2:2-5 (ESV)
2 (A)“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but (B)have tested those (C)who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up (D)for my name’s sake, and you (E)have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned (F)the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do (G)the works you did at first. If not, (H)I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
Back to the Basics
Pray for your Spouse
Hebrews 7:25 (ESV)
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[a] (A)those who draw near to God (B)through him, since he always lives (C)to make intercession for them.
Matthew 14:23 (ESV)
23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, (A)he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When (B)evening came, he was there alone,
Token of Affection
Matthew 26:7-13 (ESV)
7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and (A)given to the poor.” 10 But (B)Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For (C)you always have the poor with you, but (D)you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it (E)to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever (F)this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told (G)in memory of her.”
Serve your Spouse
Matthew 13:12-17 (ESV)
12 (A)For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, (B)even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because (C)seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, (D)nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
(E)“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears (F)they can barely hear,
and (G)their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and (H)understand with their heart
and (I)turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But (J)blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 (K)For truly, I say to you, (L)many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.