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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:27

The Gospel and the Christian Family Lesson 8

The Gospel and the Christian Family

Challenges

Theological Presentation
Sin

Conflict

Impressions

Law/Gospel Definitions and Motivation?

1st Use of the Law
The 1st use of the Law is that of a curb against rampant sin.  Governments are established to fulfill the 1st use.  Some contend that marriage is defined by the 1st use of the Law in that it is a human institution designed to provide order in society.  The 1st use applies to marriage, but does not define it, nor motivate our behavior.

2nd Use of the Law
The 2nd use of the Law is the mirror that shows us our sin.  Sin is a problem in marriage that must be dealt with through repentance and forgiveness (from God and each other).  The 2nd use applies to marriage, but does not define it, nor motivate our behavior.

3rd Use of the Law
The 3rd use of the Law is the guide the Law functions as in our decision making.  As we wonder what to do in a given situation, the Law guides our behavior  by showing us God’s will in our actions.  The 3rd use of the Law is helpful in marriage, but in no way defines it, nor motivate our behavior.

The Marriage Covenant of Salvation
The consistent teaching throughout Scripture of the marriage covenant of salvation defines marriage (see Ephesians 5:21-33), and motivates us in our  behavior as husbands and wives.

Discussion Questions
1. How does sin produce conflict in relationships?

2. Once sins are forgiven, how does conflict resolution happen?

3. What problems arise when marriage is defined by the Law?

4. How does marriage defined by the marriage covenant of salvation liberate those living it?

5. What are five (or so) ways in which you can practically apply the marriage covenant of salvation to your marriage (or other close male/female relationships)?

 

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