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Happily Ever After – A Sermon Series on Marriage
Pastor Mike Stephens


Part 1: Beginning With The End In Mind

Beginning With The End In Mind – Happily Ever After (pt1) – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Scripture: [Genesis 2:18-25]

If we are going to begin with the end in mind we must understand:

  1. In marriage become .

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

  1. Our spouse is a . (See v. 24 again)

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Proverbs 18: 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord. (NKJV)

  1. We were created , but .

20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”

  1. We must .

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 


Part 2: God’s Plan for Intimacy

God’s Plan for Intimacy – Happily Ever After (pt2) – Pastor Mike Stephens

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“ALL Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim.3:16).

Physical Intimacy…

  1. …is . (1:1-4)

Gen.4:1, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…”

Heb.13:4, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

  1. …is for . (2:7, 3:5, 8:4)
  2. …is and . (5:2-6, 6:3)

1Co.7:1-6 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.

  1. …is an of . (8:6-7)

 


Part 3: What is Love?

What is Love? – Happily Ever After (pt3) Pastor Mike Stephens

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Scripture: [1 Corinthians 13]

  1. Love is .

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

  1. What love and .

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

  1. Love will .

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

What will you do with what you’ve learned today?

 


Part 4: Power Struggle

Power Struggle – Happily Ever After (pt4) Pastor Mike Stephens

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Scripture: [Eph.5:22-33]

  1. , to your own , as to the Lord.”

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

What, then, is Biblical submission?

  1. Biblical submission is and .
  1. Biblical submission is NOT a structure, but a structure.
  1. , your ,
    just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…”

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

How should a husband love his wife?

  1. Willing to for her.
  2. Willing to make her a matter of importance.
  3. Willing to for her as for .

32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

 


Part 5: 4 Tips for a Better Marriage– (And Better Relationships All Around), Eph.4:25-32

4 Tips for a Better Marriage – Happily Ever After (pt5) Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. Be .

25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

  1. Handle properly.

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

  1. Stop being .

28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:21)

  1. one another.

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Jam.2:10 – For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Mat.5:29 – But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 


Part 6: Parenting on the Same Page

Parenting on the Same Page (pt6) Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. Children are a .

Psalm 127:3-5 → Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

  1. We must our children.

Prov. 22:6 → Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  1. are irreplaceable.

Deu. 6:6-9 → And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

  1. Proper is necessary.

Prov. 3:11-12 → My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Prov. 23:13 → Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.

  1. is impossible.

Phil 3:12-14 → Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 


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