Marital Roles

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

“Jesus’ teaching on natural family ties relativizes their significance and places them within the larger context of God’s kingdom… Marriage, while remaining the foundational divine institution for humanity, is therefore not to be viewed as an end in itself, but as properly subordinated to God’s larger salvific purposes. The culmination of this development will be reached in the eternal state where people will no longer marry but be like angels.” (Andreas Köstenberger)

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Friday with Ferguson

RECONCILIATION

“Reconciliation with God is one of the most central motives for preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified. It is all-embracive. In atonement imagery is the language of the law court, temple, slave market, military conflict and the notion of a personal relationship with Christ. Reconciliation embraces the fruition of all those things. The broken relation with God through Satan and sin is restored through the person and work of Christ. Reconciliation is important because it provides for us a splendid way of preaching the gospel at the beginning of the 21st century. The language of the ideologies of our times has been that of alienation, whether Marxist or psychiatric or in interpersonal relationships with the prevalence of marital breakdown. There is a consciousness of a variety of alienations and non-Christian counseling has no answer. The New Testament stress is not on felt needs, but there is a need; and the result of the reconciling achievement of Christ is that thanksgiving overflows to God.” (Sinclair Ferguson)

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Family Friday

LEADING FAMILY WORSHIP

“Our God is a family God. He is a triune God. He is an intra-trinitarian relationship. That is the basis of family relationships. We ought to emulate him in family worship. The head of the family in leading his family in covenant faithfulness to God is perhaps the most significant way God has used as a means of saving grace.” (Joel Beeke)

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