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Divorce & Remarriage, Pt. 1

This is the first in a series of posts on some of the more common biblical views of divorce and remarriage. The content of these posts come mostly from some lectures David Jones gave at SEBTS.

Introduction

Same-sex marriage is getting a lot of attention right now and for good reason. However, I believe there is a more fundamental and pervasive problem with our views of marriage and the family. As Dr. David Jones once said in an ethics class at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, divorce and remarriage are hands down the greatest moral problems facing the church today. What do you think about that statement?

Do you think divorce and remarriage are the greatest moral problems facing the church? Even though there is no way to REALLY know what is the greatest moral problem anywhere, I think Dr. Jones might be right.

Today we hear people complaining that we need to stop our government from redefining marriage, but haven’t we already redefined marriage back in the 1970s and 1980s when almost every state adopted some form of no-fault divorce law? Part of me thinks we should not be so surprised that so many young people today have a low view of marriage and are happy to approve same-sex marriage. Anyone born after 1983 has grown up seeing their parents treat marriage just like a contract. They have not observed the perpetual and life-long covenantal vows “for better or for worse, till death do us part.” Instead when things go bad and someone is not happy, then they get a divorce. The very essence of marriage as a covenant has already been redefined by both our government and an entire generation of “failed marriages.” Continue reading

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Outline of Romans

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.

Ch. 1-3 – Depravity of Man

Ch. 3-5 – Justification by Faith

Ch. 6-8 – Abiding Results of Salvation

Ch. 9-11 – God’s Sovereignty, Israel and Salvation

Ch. 12-15 – Christian Living in Light of Salvation

Ch. 15-16 – Conclusion

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Outline of 2 Corinthians

The following outline was provided by Ed Gravely in a lecture at SEBTS.

I. Greeting & Thanksgiving (Ch.1)

II. Paul’s Apostolic Ministry (Ch. 1-7)

A. Paul’s Plan (Ch. 1-2)

B. The character of his ministry (Ch. 3-7)

III. The Collection for the Saints (Ch. 8-9)

IV. Paul Defends his Apostleship (Ch. 10-13)

V. Conclusion (Ch. 13)

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Outline of 1 & 2 Thessalonians

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.

Basic Outline of 1 Thessalonians:

Ch. 1-3 – Introduction and personal commendations

Ch. 4-5 – Practical Instructions in Light of the Day of The Lord

Chapter-by-Chapter Outline of 1 Thessalonians:

Ch. 1 – The Faith & Example of the Thessalonians

Ch. 2 – Paul’s Ministry & Longing to See Them

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Outline of Galatians

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture on Galatians at SEBTS.

Basic Outline of Galatians

I. Rebuke of the False Gospel
Ch. 1-2 – Autobiography and defense of apostleship
Ch. 3-4 – Theological defense of justification by faith

II. Appeal to pursue life in the Spirit
Ch. 5-6 – Practical results of justification by faith

Chapter By Chapter Outline of Galatians

Ch. 1 – Opening: Introducing the letter and the problem.

Ch. 1-2 – Paul’s Gospel and Testimony

Ch. 3 – No justification by works

Ch. 4 – The purpose of the law and the “illustration.”

Ch. 5 – Walk in the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit

Ch. 6 – Fulfill the Law of Christ.

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Outline of Acts

Outline of Acts

Outline # 1

Acts 1 – 6 = Jerusalem
Acts 6 – 10 = Judea & Samaria
Acts 10 – 28 = The Uttermost Parts of the Earth

Outline # 2

Acts 1 – 11 = Peter
Acts 12 – 28 = Paul

Outline # 3

I. Foundations of the Church (1-2)
Ch. 1 – The Ascension of Christ
Ch. 2 – The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Peter’s 1st Sermon) 1st Mention of Tongues

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