16th July 2017

Welcome to St Clement’s.

Today we’re looking at marriage, as the second part of our mini-series on Love, Marriage and Sex.

I want to recognise from the outset, that as we look at marriage, it might be a painful subject for some here, whether married or not, for all sorts of reasons. Relationships of any sort can be joyous at times and challenging too, because we are sinful human beings. Then there is of course the contemporary debate on the legal definition of marriage.

With all this in mind, I want us to be calibrated in our minds and hearts, by what God says in the Bible about marriage in relation to two ‘poles’– Creation and the New Creation. We will see a little bit of what God says about his creation of marriage (Genesis 1 and 2), and then fast forward to see how human marriage points to a far more wonderful marriage, that of Jesus and us his people. God has prepared us the church, to be Jesus’ holy bride in the new creation (Revelation 19) through Jesus death on the cross. In between these two poles, we’ll see from Song of Songs, a beautiful picture of marriage.

It’s fitting that at all our services today, we will remember what God has done for us to prepare us to be his bride, as we take communion together.

May we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ today.