Preaching a Biblical Doctrine of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
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ABSTRACT PREACHING A BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND REMARRIAGE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF REEDSBURG, AND BIG SPRING CHURCH OF WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN Robert Charles Brandhagen, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Robert L. Plummer The project explains and applies, through expository preaching, what the Bible says about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Chapter 1 states the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and delimitations of the project. Chapter 2 reflects a biblical and theological perspective, and posits that five passages from both Testaments reveal the mind and will of God as it pertains to marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The passages are addressed sequentially, revealing God’s mind through His progressive revelation. The thesis of chapter 3 is that theoretical, legal-historical, cultural, and sociological considerations may provide insights into the current American culture of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Chapter 4 details the creating and implementing of the project. Through six phases, each of the fifteen weeks is described in detail. The sermon development process was likewise described. Chapter 5 evaluates the progress in accomplishing the purpose and goals of the project. Strengths and weaknesses are also discussed. An assessment is made as to what might be done differently if the project were undertaken again. In sum, this work asserts the biblical doctrine and practice regarding marriage, divorce, and remarriage, as stated by the Lord God in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.