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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Psalm 112:1-2

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord , Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Marriage is more than your love for each other.  It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy institution through which God wishes to preserve humanity until the end of time.  In your love you see only each other in the world; in marriage you are a link in the chain of generations that God, for the sake of His glory, allows to rise and fade away, and calls into His Kingdom.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from his Letters and papers from prison before he was martyred for His Faith in Germany during WW2.

The Big Ideas

  1. To Leave a Godly legacy, we must think about the impact of our lives on future generations.
  2. Our hope for leaving a lasting legacy is through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. Leaving a Godly legacy requires putting a stake in the ground.

A Look at the Marriage ceremony

When God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, He realized immediately that it wasn’t good for man to live alone, so He created a helper and companion for man. God took woman from the side of man that she should be close to his heart that he should love and cherish her.

 

Jesus also used the picture of marriage to symbolize that great day when He the Bridegroom, adorned in all His Glory, will come for the Church which He has purchased with His own Blood.

  1. To Leave a Godly legacy, we must think about the impact of our lives on future generations.


Marriage ceremony continued:

A marriage sanctioned by God is a union of two lives; two hearts that beat as one. 

Marriage was instituted by God Himself and the first marriage was performed by Him. So, it is very important to understand the sacred bonds by which two are joined.

 

Marriage is blessed by God and you will discover that comfort and that happiness if you have it in your hearts to beautify your relationship with tenderness, thoughtfulness, patience and kindness.

The Bible describes Love in this manner:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself; is not puffed up, does not behave rudely; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  love bears all things love believes all things; love endures all things.  Love never fails!

 

to the Husband the Bible says:

Ephesians 5:25-28

 “Husband, love your wife just as Christ Loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water by the word. That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So Husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”

to the wife the Bible says:

Ephesians 5:23-24:

“Wife, submit to your own husband as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wife be to her own husband in everything.”

 

And to both the Bible says:

Ephesians 5:21

 “Submit to one another in the fear of God.”

 

So, remember to love each other every day with actions and words that reveal that kind of love for each other.

  1. Our hope for leaving a lasting legacy is through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 30 Million people will die this year without hearing the name of Jesus Christ
  • Pray that God will use you as a couple to accomplish His purposes

1 Chronicles 4:10

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

  • Your marriage is a picture of the gospel to a watching world.
  • Marriage relationships are the central glue holding civilization together.

Albert Mohler said:

You are an ancestor to someone yet to come.  If you live your life knowing you are an ancestor, that will change the way you make your decisions the way you live your life the way you love your wife.

Neil Postman from the disappearance of childhood said:

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

  1. Leaving a Godly legacy requires putting a stake in the ground.

Jonathan and Sarah Edwards

Lived in the early to mid 1700’s in Colonial America

They felt called to preach and became pastors in a small church 

He was very influential in beginning the Great Awakening

One of His sermons that you may be familiar with “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God”. Is a very important piece of literature in early America.

They had 11 children

The effects of this one couple is staggering

There was a study done in 1900 by A.E. Winship  150 years after Jonathan’s death.

He was able to find 1,400 of there descendants

He found

100 lawyers and a dean of a Law school

80 holders of public office

66 physicians and a dean of a Medical school

65 professors of colleges and universities

30 judges

13 college presidents

3 mayors of large cities

3 governors of states

3 us senators

1 controller of the United States Treasury

1 vice president

2 Timothy 2:2

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Lets put a stake in the ground today!

Husband’s Pledge

I pledge to you today that with God’s help, I will make our marriage the priority it is meant to be, I will love and lead you.  I will protect and provide for you.  I will nourish and cherish you.

Wife’s Pledge

I pledge to you today that with God’s help, I will make our marriage the priority it is meant to be, I will be your helper and encourager.  I will respect you.  I will support you and cheer you on.

Husband and Wife pledge

We will remember that our commitment to each other will have an impact on future generations we will persevere through painful times and press on to the end of our lives together.  We will live for something greater that our own brief existence. From this day forward, our marriage will be more about leaving a lasting legacy than pacifying our passing pleasures.

We commit from this day forward to put a stake in the ground

We give our lives completely over to God every dream, every possession, every relationship, and ask him to guide us in every decision we make, for His sake and for the sake of our family and the generations that will be affected by the choices we make this day

Exchange of Vows

Husband

Will you, ________ take __________ to be your wedded wife promising to keep, cherish and protect her and to be her faithful and true husband so long as you both shall live?

 Wife

Will you, _____________ take _________________ to be your wedded husband promising to keep, cherish, and love Him to be his faithful and true wife so long as you both shall live?

Husband 

I, __________ take you ______________ to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.

 Wife

I, ______________ take you _____________ to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for long as we both shall live.  

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