Both marriage and singleness are gifts from God with their own distinct advantages, challenges, and responsibilities. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul gave practical instruction regarding the duties of a husband and wife. Alistair Begg encourages married couples to be fully committed to God while remaining fully devoted to their spouse’s needs. A God-centered marriage is a beautiful testimony of His grace.
1Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.1 7I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.
Some of the most alarming statistics in the Church today relate to the crumbling of Christian marriages. In this series, we are reminded that God is the author of marriage, and that He has provided wonderfully practical instruction for single people, husbands, and wives. Alistair Begg offers useful Biblical advice on finding a spouse, preparing for the wedding day, and building a marriage that lasts a lifetime. Relationships are a fact of life, but no human relationship should be a distraction or hindrance to our commitment to Jesus Christ. God’s Word helps us guard against allowing our emotions to control how we live out our lives, and guides us into relationships that glorify God.
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part One||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part Two||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|Relationships||1 Peter 3:1-7|
|We Two Are One||1 Corinthians 7:1-7|
|Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract||Matthew 19:1-12|
|Being a Wife-God's Way||1 Peter 3:1-6|
|Being a Husband-God's Way||1 Peter 3:7|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part One|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part Two||Ephesians 5:22-33|
|How To Avoid Marital Failure|
|Marriage and Divorce||1 Corinthians 7:8-16|
|I Take You||Malachi 2:10-16|