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God’s Wisdom for Marital Faithfulness

We live in a sexualized society. Sexual intimacy has been distorted. It’s all about my personal pleasure rather than how I can serve my husband or wife out of love.

Proverbs isn’t prudish about sexual intimacy. God encourages us to “drink the water,” and enjoy the gift He’s given us. It’s meant as a blessing. It’s meant for our flourishing. But he warns us that the desire He’s given us can be misused, so we should “flee the fire.” If we think we know better, if we refuse to listen, we’ll get burned. Our very lives are at stake. In the end, we must “guard our hearts.”

God’s Wisdom for Choosing a Spouse

Overall people are getting married at a much lower number, and at a slower rate than ever before. And the way people make decisions about whom to marry goes from the “old fashioned” way of meeting someone face to face for the first time, and from there moving into a dating relationship, to swiping through images on their phone, to indulging considering that a process like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is actually wise.

The choice of a husband or wife is the most consequential decision a person can make in their life. Your personal well-being is at stake, the well-being of the next generation is at stake, and the glory of God in the world is at stake. The husband or wife of your dreams is a gift from God, yet He expects you to choose wisely.

Scripture: Proverbs 12:4, 31:10-31, Ephesians 5; Colossians 3; 1 Peter 3

Love It or List It?

God chooses us, and His faithful love amidst our unfaithful idolatry enables us to make a break with our past and surrender our whole self to Him.

Scripture: Joshua 24:1-31

Inspection: Modeling Faith for Watching Eyes and Listening Ears

Look at your family tree and consider the traits passed from one generation to the next. We have no control over biological traits, but every family has unique traits that mark each generation that are passed on through intentional effort.

We transmit what we treasure. We pass on our passions. If we want the next generation to love Jesus with all their heart, soul and strength, then this generation must love Him wholeheartedly, and show our children and our children’s children what that looks like in every season of our lives.

So, how do we practice intentionality in modeling our faith before our children? This text shows us five ways…

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-25; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 13:7

Faith@Home

Two alarming trends have been evident among evangelical Christians and their churches for nearly twenty years: the health of their marriages and the active rejection or passive abandoning of the faith by the next generation.

Is the problem what’s happening or not happening at church, or what needs to happen in the home? We believe that more and more the church has forgotten her role to equip parents to be the primary disciple makers of their children, and equip husbands and wives to see marriage as a reenactment of the gospel.

What we want to see is multigenerational faithfulness to Jesus. But how do we get there? Deuteronomy 6 is the foundation for nurturing faith at home.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-15

Taking Care Of One Another

What marks the church? Preaching of the gospel, discipline, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Additionally, when you look at the very beginning of the church you see a care and commitment to help those who were defenseless and vulnerable. In this passage we’ll see how God wants us to care take of one another.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Instructions on How to Worship Jesus in His Church

There is beauty in order. There is wisdom in order. We see God’s wisdom and beauty in His design of men and women. Paul, in this section, is highlighting an expectation that the church be free from division. Today, we’re going to look at the role of men and women in public worship.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:8-15

Jesus on Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

The rate of divorce and remarriage among both Christians and non-Christians reveals that marriage has been reduced to a consumer relationship for most people. Jesus teaches us that divorce is an assault on the character of God, and smudges the picture of God’s purposes in the world because He is the One who makes covenants and always keeps them. He is always faithful and true. Marriage among followers of Jesus ought to point people to the love, faithfulness and glory of God. We believe that when we submit to the Gospel in our marriages, repentance of sin, forgiveness, reconciliation and a growing joy in your marriage is always possible.

Scripture: Matthew 5:31-32; 19:1-9; Deut. 24:1-4

Better Together Marriage Conference Weekend

On April 22-23, Foothills hosted the Better Together Marriage Conference with Dr. Danny Akin.

A healthy marriage requires work. This means being intentional about your marriage and doing things together that will help make your marriage solid. At Foothills we want your marriage to thrive which is why we were so excited about this years marriage conference.

The entire conference has been recorded and is available for listening via SoundCloud below.

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God’s Guidelines for Growing Your Kids

Two guidelines we see from the Scriptures to parenting our kids is 1) seeking to educate them about the ways of the Lord, and 2) actively encouraging them.

How do we do this? Listen as Dr. Akin walks through God’s Word in Ephesians chapter 6 and equips us in the area of parenting.

Scriptures: Ephesians 6:1-4