Pastor Keller The Meaning Of Marriage

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Job 2:9
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
As you can see even those closest to a believer can be more like enemeies than family or friends when it comes to our relationship with God. Tonight we will dive into our identity as members of the Christian family. We also will see why having ourselves rooted in that identity gives us both the command to love those outside of that family, and the power to correctly do so.
In Pastor Timmothy Keller 's book, the meaning of Marriage, Pastor Keller says "Christian hope turns the church into something far more profound than a club or interest organization. Gospel beliefs and experience creates a bond between Christians that is stronger than any other connection, whether it be blood relationship or racial and national identity"
To paraphrase deeper into kellers thoughts, deeply repenting and benifiting from the grace given to us by Jesus on the cross transforms our core
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They try to direct you away from God even if they don 't know it. It can be hard, but we must not forsake them, but instead like it says in the previous Matthew verse, "pray for them". We must truly commit them to the lord, patiently, thankfully, with confidence waiting for The lord to bring them to the new family that will live on forever and ever with the father , son , and spirit in Heaven.
And this is where the beauty lies- in the Gospel. The only way that we can truly love them despite our relationship change is The Gospel of undesrved everlasting grace. The Gospel of unwarrented mercy, the Gospel of unconditional sacraficial love. The Gospel is the very thing that has fueled us to even go anywhere for

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