************ Wedding Sermon on Colossians 2:6-7 ************

By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman

This sermon was preached on September 28, 2018

Colossians 2:6-7
Wedding of Grant & Diane

Grant & Diane, I want to end the Bible's teaching on marriage by speaking a few words about the text you chose from Colossians.
(Col 2:6-7) So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, (7) rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Let's look at what Paul says here.

"Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord." In pre-marital counseling both of you have told me about your love for the Lord. I am so happy to hear this. Because if marriage is to be pleasing in the sight of God, those who enter into this covenant of life must share a common commitment to the Lord of life. You need to serve the Lord as a couple. You need to worship and pray and read the Bible as a couple. You are starting your marriage in the best possible way: with the Lord Jesus as Head of your home and Master of your lives. You are pledging allegiance and obedience and devotion to Him as a married couple. That's the starting point.

Now, where do you go from here? Your wedding text contains five different images to challenge you and encourage you.

The first image is the pilgrim: "Continue to live in him." Literally, "Continue to walk in him." Christian life and marriage is a pilgrimage. On this journey you are starting today you walk together. I suppose we can also say you fly together or ride in a fire truck together. The point is, you are pilgrims together. You hold each other up. You encourage each other. You hold each other accountable. So that what you start on your wedding day you continue for all of your marriage. You have started with Jesus. Now, continue in Him. Continue to walk with Jesus. You have started with Christ and you must continue with Christ.

The second image is the tree: Your text uses the word "rooted." In mind are deep roots, strong roots. Roots that give strength and stability to your faith, your home, your marriage. Guess what this means Christians are not. Christians are not tumbleweeds that have no roots and are blown about by every wind. Rather, you are rooted in Christ, fixed on Christ, and not blown about by every wind of doctrine. Nor are you transplants that repeatedly move from soil to soil. Once you are rooted in Christ, there is no need to change the soil. Your draw all the nourishment you need from the soil of Christ so your faith and marriage can grow.

The third image is the building: Your text says "built up." Now, as you know, all buildings have a foundation. Your foundation is Christ and His Word. You build your marriage, your family, your faith, on this foundation. So as the years go by, you end up with a beautiful temple that glorifies and praises God.

The fourth image is the school: "Strengthened in the faith as you were taught." Do either of you know Lois and Eunice? Lois is the grandmother of Timothy; Eunice is the mother. Guess what they did? They taught Timothy the Gospel. They taught Timothy about Jesus. They taught Timothy to pray. They taught Timothy to attend worship. Grant & Diane, you also have a Lois and Eunice in your lives: I am talking about your parents, Sunday School and Catechism teachers, and others who taught you the essentials of the faith. As you walk down life's pathway together, remember what you were taught. Remember how they brought you up. Remember what they told you about the importance of following Jesus. And, if the Lord blesses you with any children, make sure you are like Lois and Eunice to them.

The fifth image is the river: "And overflowing with thankfulness." When we believe in Jesus, we receive the water of life. Like the image of the building I mentioned earlier, this too grows and increases. Over the years, the water of life becomes a spring, an artesian well, a river. A river that is filled to overflowing. A river that spills over so others are blessed. A river that is marked by thanksgiving for life with Christ. A river that overflows with thanksgiving for a Christian marriage partner.

Grant & Diane, you received Christ Jesus as Lord. From here, your Christian life and marriage is to be a pilgrimage, a well-rooted tree, a building, a school, and a river.
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