Sermon Notes

The sermon on 7-14-2013 is on the topic of singleness.  I have been preaching a summer series on the Social Networks of Marriage, Family, and Friends.  This Sunday morning sermon is a more thematic sermon than an expository (verse by verse) sermon.  The main point comes directly from 1 Corinthians 7:7: singleness is a gift from God.  I try to explain this by looking at the call to singleness, the key to singleness, and the comfort to singles.  Here are few parts of my sermon from the third part, the comfort to singles.  The reason I think it is worth looking at is because single Christians need to rejoice in the promises of a heavenly marriage and an eternal family.  Here are a few lines:

This means that marriage and family are temporary goods.  What is permanent? What is permanent is the eternal family of the church, bought by the blood of Christ.  This brings us back to Isaiah.  The Lord promises to faithful eunuchs—to those without children—better blessings than biological sons and daughters (v. 5).  He promises them the place of the Lord, the presence of the Lord, and to the sacrifices of the Lord (v. 7).  He promises them an everlasting name never cut off.  He promises them an eternal family, which is the church (Eph. 2:19). 

 

The spiritual family is the permanent family.  Do you remember Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus?  Nicodemus is confused how a person must be born again to enter the kingdom—the family—of God.  Nicodemus is thinking in terms of the temporary family.  Jesus turns him to the permanent, spiritual family.  He says, “Unless one is born of waters and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”  The comfort to singleness is the family of the church where the waters of baptism are thicker than blood. 

The comfort of this life is not marriage; the comfort is Christ and acceptance to His eternal family. 

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