Life in God’s Creation

Week 7 (22-28 Oct.) – Partner in Life

Sunday – Spouse/Singleness

Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:3-12

As we have seen in the beginning that God created Adam and Eve as equal partners in life together in God’s creation.  This is to be a lifelong partnership in the kingdom.  In this story of Jesus, we find that many of us a created to have a spouse, a partner in life and for life.  But, there are also those who are to be single: those who were created to be single, those who have been relationally scarred(until/unless they are healed), and those who commit to be single to focus solely on building up the Church.  In life, God has a plan for us in marriage or in singleness.

Pastor’s Pondering:  Where do you see people in each category in your life?

Monday – Wilderness – All About Me  

Scripture Reading: Genesis 6:1-8

This passage of Genesis is a confusing one as we try to understand what is meant by “when the sons of God went into the daughters of humans.”  Because this passage follows the telling of Cain’s lineage and then the telling of Seth’s lineage up to Noah it could mean that Seth’s lineage are the sons of God (living life in God’s creation) and Cain’s lineage are the daughters of humans (living life in the Wilderness).  Marriage is to be about both coming together in God.  In these instances, it has gone from being about God to being about Me.  When God is not a part of the marriage it is a marriage apart from God’s kingdom/creation and is a marriage in the wilderness.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Tuesday – World Separates/Distorts God’s Plan

Scripture Reading: Romans 1:21-32

As we see in this passage from the Apostle Paul, when the world separates itself from God, it distorts God’s created plan/purpose to it’s own desires.  One of the key signs of this as Paul points out is the distortion of marriage in God’s plan.  The result of which Paul explains as the sign of the times and our life in the wilderness.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Wednesday – Wilderness Lack of Covenantal Understanding

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:21-32

Another area of marriage that is affected by our separation from God is the understanding of covenantal relationships.  Covenant is the word used to describe our relationship with God and the relationship within marriage.  That is why Paul connects the two in teaching on how a husband and wife are to abide in marriage.  In a healthy marriage, God is first, Spouse is second, Self is third.  Only in this way, can a couple truly experience marriage as the blessing God created it to be.

Pastor’s Pondering:  According to Paul, in marriage what are the actions that each spouse is to do for the marriage to be healthy?

Thursday – Creation/Kingdom – Sharing Life Spiritually

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

As Paul writes in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians and in Genesis 6, we are not to be mismatched spiritually.  To find our partner in life, the first qualification is to be someone who is a Christian.  Someone who can share in our walk with Christ, our talk with Christ, our life in Christ.  For those who are unequally yoked, Paul gives instruction in 1 Corinthians 7:10-16.

Pastor’s Pondering:  Why is our spiritual connection to be the first qualifier in establishing a marriage?

Friday – Creation/Kingdom – Sharing Life Emotionally

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13

As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, we find that true love means that we are to be connected spiritually and emotionally.  It is to express love not just with words but more importantly with our actions.  We are to be expressing our love in the ways that we treat each other in our life together.  As we love in our families, then we are able to love in the Church (life in God’s Creation), and it then can flow out into a world that lives life in the wilderness.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How important is showing our emotional connection in actions with one another?

Saturday – Creation/Kingdom – Sharing Life Physically

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 5

Finally, as we connect spiritually and emotionally with each other in marriage, we connect physically with each other in a way that is not to be shared with another.  The physical aspect of marriage is to be an expression of the intimacy of the relationship.  Sex is a sharing of the love between a man and a woman that expresses their unique covenantal relationship in God’s creation that is shared only between them in God’s blessing.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What is the connection of intimacy to a relationship spiritually, emotionally and physically?