October 26, 2013

General Theology:

  • Saying Grace © Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.comWe believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, and is useful for teaching the faith, correcting error, for guiding our lives, and for teaching us to be holy and righteous.
  • We believe there is only one true God, creator of heaven and earth, who reveals Himself as God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He led a sinless life, preached the Gospel, performed miracles, and healed and delivered the afflicted.
  • We believe Jesus was crucified for our sins, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He intercedes for us continually.
  • We believe Christ will return to earth again to claim his bride, the church, and to judge the nations.
  • We believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit gives life to our spirits at salvation. He is sent to convict us of our sins, reveal to our minds the truth of the scriptures, and give us the power to live and act as Jesus would.
  • We believe fellowship with others who follow Jesus is necessary for spiritual health and growth.

Marriage Theology:

Wedding Cake Kiss © Paul H. ByerlyThe Bible contains relatively few direct commands about the day-to-day living of a godly marriage. However, marriage, and what God intended it to be, is an often-present “undercurrent” throughout the Word. The following is based on our understanding of the scriptures, thirty years of trying to live by them in our marriage, and countless discussions with other married couples and those who minister to them.

  • God intended for most people to be married. In the beginning, He proclaimed, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen 2:18) While the Bible says some are “eunuchs of God” (Mat 19:12) to better serve Him, this is a rarity. Those whom the Lord designed to be married can better serve Him married than single. 
  • God’s command to us about marriage is to leave, cleave, and become one. (Gen 2:24, Mat 19:5, and Mark 10:7) God calls us to:
    1. Separate from our parents, both physically and emotionally.
    2. Join together physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
    3. Become one before Him.
  • Once a couple is married, it becomes God’s will for them to have a solid, godly marriage. Even if “the marriage was a mistake,” it is God’s will no man or woman should “separate what God has joined together.” (Mat 19:6) If both the husband and wife will commit to the Lord, He can create a wonderful marriage out of any mess they might have made.
  • God did not create sex for procreation only. God designed our bodies, minds, and emotions so sex could, and should, include:
    1. Deep emotional interaction and connection that continues after sex is over.
    2. Great physical pleasure.
    3. A spiritual union. We may or may not feel it, and we can’t fully understand it, but it happens.
  • We believe God gave us stewardship over each other’s sexuality. Understanding this is extremely important to having a happy marriage, and required to avoid sexual tension and stress. 
  • God gives us great sexual liberty within the marriage union. Sinful practices must be avoided, but few things are completely excluded. God is concerned with the heart. What is fine for one couple could be bad for another due to the reason for the desire, or because one person thinks it is a sin.
  • Heb. 13:4 (Amp) states “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed, worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.” 
  • While divorce is allowed in the case of sexual sin, and sometimes necessary due to abuse, it is neither required nor encouraged. The hardness of a spouse’s heart may eventually leave no real choice, but we should make a real effort to heal a damaged marriage. 

Image Credits: © Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com and Paul H. Byerly

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