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Our congregation approved a merger with Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church on January 21, 2024.

Once we receive the green light from the CRA, we will be officially known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For now, we are one church under that name (spiritually), but two charities (legally).

Join us at 10:30am every Sunday and 7:30pm every Thursday at 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Guarding Gospel Treasure: The High Walls of Divorce

February 25, 2024 Preacher: John Bell Series: The Gospel According to Mark

Divorce Texts: Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16

Big Picture: The New Testament teaches there are only two grounds for a divorce to be valid in the eyes of God.

  • Sexual immorality (πορνεία)
  • The wilful separation by the unbelieving partner of a spiritually mixed marriage because of the conversion of their spouse.

Biblical principles on divorce and remarriage

  • Marriage is the sacred union between one man and one woman and God’s intention is
    for marriage to last a lifetime.
  • Divorce is not always sinful.
  • Divorce is permitted, but not required, on the ground of sexual immorality.
  • Divorce is permitted, but not required, on the ground of desertion by an unbelieving spouse.
  • When the divorce is not permissible, any subsequent remarriage (to someone other than the original spouse) results in adultery.
  • In situations where the divorce is permissible, remarriage is also permissible.
  • Improperly divorced and remarried Christians should stay as they are, but repent and be forgiven of their past sins and make whatever amends are necessary.

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