Sermons on Marriage & Family

Civil War

Judges 12:1-7 — “There fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand…”  42,000 dead Israelites. Why? What happened to cause this terrible loss of life? This is the final chapter in Jephthah’s story and it’s awful. A small grievance turned into violence and violence into civil war. As we work through this story,…

What Good Fathers Do

Ephesians 6:4 & Colossians 3:21 — This is sermon focuses on the positive commands that Paul gives to fathers in these verses. We think about what it means to “bring up” children in the “nurture” and “admonition” of the Lord. These are terms rich with meaning and they help us understand what makes for a…

What Bad Fathers Do

Ephesians 6:4 & Colossians 3:21 — In these two verses the Apostle Paul addresses fathers directly and he tells them not to “provoke” their children and not to “discourage” them. What was Paul talking about? In what ways can a father do this to his kids?  In this sermon we consider eight ways that fathers…

Jesus Caring For His Mother

John 19:25-27 — As Jesus hung upon the cross He turned His attention to His mother. She was standing close-by witnessing His suffering and no doubt heartbroken. Out of love and concern for her wellbeing, Jesus spoke to her and then to John. In this Mother’s Day sermon we consider what Jesus said, why He said…

The Same-Sex Marriage Survey: A Christian Response

II Timothy 3:12-15 — Today we learned that a majority of Australians are in favour of changing the marriage laws to allow for same-sex marriage. How should we as Christians think about this result? How should we respond to the legal redefinition of marriage that is about to occur?  In this short talk we consider these…