Recommended Resources Dec. 2013

We often share helpful, practical, timely and informative articles on our Facebook page. For some of you that aren’t facebookers or don’t check it often we thought we would share some links periodically on this blog. These are meant to benefit you, equip our membership, and foster a biblical worldview.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse everything in each of these articles, nor everything from each organization they represent.

  1. How you respond if a friend invited you to their same-sex marriage ceremony? Here’s how John Piper responded to that question in a very gracious yet biblical way, Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
  2. I talked about the Church affiliation rate in Mineral County, WV in this post.
  3. How/when should you leave a church? One of my mentors in Ohio gives some great wisdom in, How does one leave his church?
  4. Do you believe in dentists? Here’s a cool illustration of the same argument some use to say they do not believe in God.
  5. Don’t Segregate the youth! A good thought on the dangers of segregating the youth away from the rest of the church.
  6. Benefit from the ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his teaching on spiritual depression. A book trailer for the book Spiritual Depression.
  7. Some wisdom for parents: Parents, require obedience of your children.
  8. What Happens When You’re Not There: The effects of missing church. 



Biblical View of Marriage

The Christian worldview informs one in many areas of ethics. CNN just released a report showing that polyamory is on the rise (see here). When one leaves the Bible as the authoritative source of morality the is no end to where our sinful hearts will take us. See Romans 1 for reference. Below is the statement on marriage recently adopted in our church constitution.

 

MARRIAGE –We believe in the holy covenant of marriage. After creating male and female, God created marriage for them (Gen. 2:18-25). Marriage is a covenant in which a man and woman leave their parents and form a lifelong monogamous bond for the purposes of: picturing the relationship of Christ and His Church (Eph. 5:22-33), companionship (Gen 2:20), procreation (Gen 1:28; Mal. 2:15), pleasure (Prov. 5:18-20; Heb. 13:4), and a deterrent from temptation (I Cor. 7:2, 9). Thus marriage is a permanent covenant broken only by death and specific scriptural exceptions such as unrepentant adultery, Mt 19:9. Furthermore, all expressions of sexuality outside of the bonds of marriage are deemed sinful sexual immorality. These include, but are not limited, to acts and lifestyles such as homosexuality, bestiality, prostitution, polygamy, polyandry, and polyamory. (Hebrews 13:4; Genesis 1:28 & 2:18; Matthew 19:1-6; Romans 1:26-28) We further believe that those practicing such acts should be treated with love, respect and presented the life-changing news of the Gospel. Church membership is available to all those who repent of their sin and believe the Gospel 1 Cor 6:11.

 

You can view the entire constitution here.