Unit 6n    Living the Christian Life Series part 2. 

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.



Fellowship and Marriage

Syllabus for Principles of Fellowship and Marriage.

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1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them.  Send in your summaries, and self test when finished, as well as any questions you may have.  They will be evaluated and returned, with answers to question,  Also include any other assignments you have completed.  For faster service use E-Mail. 

We must keep in mind we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds.                    

Always remember every true Biblical doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of Godís will for you in this unit.  

The principles of fellowship and marriage are the principles for maintaining equal yoking with Christ.

Review Principle of Yoking before doing this study.

We must keep in mind that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards, and not ours or the worlds.                                      

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

See what you can learn of Godís hearts desire for you.

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit.

As we are all influenced by those around us, evaluate the influence of your friends from the perspective of how they effect your relationship with Christ.

        Do they draw you closer to Christ or draw you away from Him?

        Do they contribute to your grow in Him or hinder your growth in Him?

        Do they contribute to your facing Christ with joy or shame?

 

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If two come together do to  common  interest in the things of this world, anything can break them apart.

If two come together to help each other be what Christ would have them to be, nothing
can break them.  How is that for security?

 

                                                                                          PRINCIPLES OF FELLOWSHIP AND MARRIAGE

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1. God's Love for us: 

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:10 

               Consider:  John 3:16; 1 John 4:10

   
2.-4.  Love's motive: Draws us to Christ.

    "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."  1 Pet. 2:24                     

Consider: Col. 3:1-10; Gal. 2:20


5. Love's conception:  Jesus gives life to them that receive Him for who and what He is.

 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

       Consider: John 1:11-13; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5-14


6-7. Love's commitment: Giving Christ the life He paid for, to live for Himself in it, that He might be seen in us.

ďFor the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.....For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  2 Cor. 5:14, 21  

      Consider: Rom. 1:6-18, 12:1-2; 1 Cor 6:19-20; 1 Pet. 3:15-16;  Gal. 2:20 

            Also consider God's heart and commitment to us.  Eph. 1:1-2:7; 1 Thes. 5:23-24


8. Love's way: is submissive, abiding in Christ and His Word.

"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."  John 14:21-24

    Consider: John 15:1-11; 1 Cor. chapter 13;  Gal. 5:22-26

9-10 Love's relationships: the first love of a man or boy, woman or girl ought to be directed to the Lord,  not each other.  

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."  Math. 22: 37-39                                       

"I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts."  Psalm 119:63  The best advice of fellowship and marriage there is, as well as for business relationships.

  9.  Men and boys should consider the following responsibilities.

            Consider: 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 7:1-16, 11:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33, 6:1-2

10.  Women and girls should consider the following responsibilities.

           Consider: 1 Pet. 3:1-5; Eph. 5:21-33, 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Book of Ruth

   
11. Love's walk: is a walk in unity which is impossible if one is unequally yoked in friendship or marriage, remember  Psalm 119:63.

    "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:3-7

Consider: 1 John 2:3-11, 4:7-13  


12. Love's warning:

    "And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:"  Col. 2:4-10 

                 
Consider: 2 Cor. 6:14-18; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17

 

13. Love's price: is often rejection and persecution.

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.  He that receiveth you  receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."  Math. 10:34-40

Consider: Luke 14:26-33;  John 15:18-25
                                      

14. Love's reward: is worth it all.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God........  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.ĒRom. 8:14-19 . . .  Vs.21

      Consider:  Mat. 12:46-50; Rom. 8:28-30  Mat. 12:46-50; Rom. 8:28-30  


            Consider the benefits in a faithful commitment to Christ, out of our love for Him and what He has done for us. 
        

"Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.ĒLuke 18:28-30

            Consider: John 15: 1-11 

 

The Principle of Marriage is a sacred union of a man and women like unto their union with Christ and His church.

"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."  Eph. 5:30-33      

The Precept of Marriage is equal yoking in Christ.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."  2 Cor. 6:14-18

             Consider: Gen. 24:3-4;  Deut. 7:2-3;  Josh. 23:11-12;  1 Cor. 7:39   also consider the book of Ruth.

 

Marriage is a sacred commitment to God and spouse, to uphold their God given responsibilities, to God and each other. 

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 1 Cor 11:1-3 , Eph. 5:20-25   

 

Marriage is to be without end through this life, a picture of God's  eternal relationship with those joined to Him in Christ.  

This would be impossible if one was a believer and one was not.    

Marriages based on humanistic desires, the way others make us feel as a result of the way they treat us, have no security.  Such relations can be broken easily by a change of conditions, as age, economics, influence of others, etc.  

Friendships and marriages founded on our relationship and commitment to Christ are unaffected by such changes, therefore are secure.   

May I also add a piece of advice that has kept my marriage together for 62 years:  That you be an investigator and seek the facts, and let them make your decisions, not personal feelings and opinions of each other.

 

Self test: on The Principle of Fellowship and Marriage.                       

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

     
Things to Consider:  

Q1. What is the motive for our commitment to Christ?

Q2. In what way should our relationship with Christ effect our fellowship with others?

Q3. In what way would fellowship or union with someone that does not share your love and commitment to Christ, effect your relationship and walk with Christ, in the following.....

(a) Boy or girl friend:  

(b) Marriage:  

(c) Business partner:

(d)
Neighbor or co worker:  

Q4. What is suffering for Jesus?

Q5. List the benefits in a faithful commitment to Christ out of our love for Him and what He has done for us that make all our suffering with Him a privilege and worth while.

You are now ready to study Unit 7 Understanding The Family unit   

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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