Sermon preached by Matthew DelValle on July 23, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Delphi, Indiana. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠First Baptist Church⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ is an evangelical church in Delphi, Indiana helping people find and follow Jesus. Our mission is to declare God’s truth, disciple God’s people, delight in God’s Son, and display God’s glory. Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30am. Sunday School begins at 9:30am. We gather at 103 S. Indiana Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923.

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Read our ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Statement of Faith⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.



Big Idea:  Christ’s glory and grace are sufficient to strengthen and sustain godly marriages.

1.  Esteem Marriage Biblically [cf. Genesis 1–2; Ephesians 5:22–33]
      A.  Marriage is Divine in Its Origin
      B.  Marriage is Beneficial in Its Purpose
      C.  Marriage is Permanent in Its Duration
      D.  Marriage is Unique in Its Character
      E.  Marriage is Instructive in Its Example
      F.  Marriage is Doxological in Its Goal

2.  Embrace the Gospel Actively [cf. Colossians 3:1–17]
      A.  Exalt Christ Intentionally
      B.  Expect Marriage Realistically
            1)  The Common Created Dignity
            2)  The Common Poor Family History/Sin Nature
            3)  The Common Redemptive Privilege
      C.  Execute Sin Habitually
      D.  Exchange Gifts and Graces Constructively
            1)  Mutual Charity (affection)
            2)  Mutual Commitment (attachment)
            3)  Mutual Care (assistance)
            4)  Mutual Communication (association)
            5)  Mutual Confession/Covering (acknowledgement/absolution)

3.  Exercise Your God-Given Roles Faithfully [Colossians 3:18–19]
      A.  A Word for Wives [cf. Ephesians 5:22–24; 1 Peter. 3:1–6]
            1)  What Submission Is Not
            2)  What Submission Is
                  a.  Submission embraces a subordinate role.
                  b.  Submission expects a renunciation of rights.
                  c.  Submission entails an obedient response.
                  d.  Submission expresses a proper respect.
      B.  A Word for Husbands [cf. Ephesians 5:25–33; cf. 1 Peter 3:7]
            1)  Positive:  Love Your Wives
                  a.  Christ’s love was a self-giving love.
                  b.  Christ’s love is a singular, particular love.
                  c.  Christ’s love is an absolutely surprising love.
                  d.  Christ’s love is a sanctifying love.
            2)  Negative:  Don’t Be Bitter Toward Them