Marriage and Divorce Part 2 – CRC Sunday Sermon

September 15, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 135 (Trinity Hymnal #834)

Praise the Lord
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant,
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be
his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.
I know that the Lord is great, that our
Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth, in the 
seas and all their depths.
He makes clouds rise from the
ends of
 the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain and 
brings out the wind from his storehouses.
He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of men and animals.
He sent his signs and wonders into
your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh
and all his servants.
He struck down many nations and killed
mighty kings — Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan and all the kings of Canaan — 
and he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
Your name, O Lord, endures forever, 
your renown, O Lord, through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and
gold, made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is
there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
O house of Israel, praise the Lord; O
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
O house of Levi, praise the Lord, you
who fear him, praise the Lord.
Praise be to the Lord from Zion, to him
who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.

Focus this week:  Sarah Christensen

Congregational Hymns
And Can it Be that I Should Gain (Trinity Hymnal #455)
By Grace I’m Save, Grace Free & Boundless (Trinity Hymnal #456)

By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not;
Why stagger at this word of promise?
Hath Scripture ever falsehood taught?
Nay; then this word must true remain:
By grace thou, too, shalt Heav’n obtain.

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit;
Our works and conduct have no worth,
God in His love sent our Redeemer,
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;
His death did for our sins atone,
And we are saved by grace alone.

By grace! O, mark this word of promise
When thou art by thy sins oppressed,
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience,
And when thy heart is seeking rest.
What reason cannot comprehend
God by His grace to thee doth send.

By grace! This ground of faith is certain;
So long as God is true, it stands.
What saints have penned by inspiration,
What in His Word our God commands,
What our whole faith must rest upon,
Is grace alone, grace in His Son.

Offering Hymn

Scripture Reading
Micah 6

Preaching the Word
Marriage and Divorce – Getting it Right (Part 2)
YouTube link 

Closing Hymn
God’s Sufficient Word, #8 CRC Hymnal

4 thoughts on “Marriage and Divorce Part 2 – CRC Sunday Sermon

  1. I appreciate your words.
    Thank you for being light.
    I do have a question. I come from a heavily abusive childhood and then of course married an abuser.
    I am divorced now for about 15 years. He made the children hate me. Made them think I did crazy things. Which I did not.
    It is all lies and my children are adults and have made their choice and have more issues than you have time for( alcohol, drugs, jail, crimes).
    My question is this, how does one come to terms with this, this evil?
    How does one come to terms as a woman being divorced and shunned especially by the children she gave life too?
    What am I to God?


    1. Look at Jesus. He was and is God’s beloved Son. Yet he was hated by the wicked. Those whom God lives, the world hates. See John 15-17 on this.


      1. Yes, it certainly is and every true Christian is going to experience that hatred from the wicked. Many times it is from those in our own families. Christ told us to expect it and said that we can rejoice when all people speak evil of us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t feel the sting. I understand exactly what you mean.


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