On the most important day of a couple's life, the preacher holds the important responsibility of sharing a message of encouragement, guidance and celebration of the joyous occasion. Developing an interesting sermon for a wedding adds to the memorable occasion and has the potential of making a spiritual impact for years to come.
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Adam and Eve
Genesis 2:18 reads, "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'" (New American Standard). The story continues in verse 21, "So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man."
Using the creation of woman from the side of man provides an opportunity to point out in a sermon that God intended marriage as a partnership. God created woman from a rib in man's side so that she would stand at his side, not from the skull bone, for her to rule over him. Nor did he create her from man's feet, for him to step on her.
I Corinthians 13
The famous chapter in the Bible, known widely as the love chapter beautifully illustrates that God created love to include such attributes as patience, kindness and forgiveness. A wedding sermon illustration from this verse might ask the bride and groom to read the verse, substituting his or her own name in place of the word 'love'. For example, rather than "Love is patient," the couple would use "Mary is patient." Then, the preacher might ask them to consider if they live these attributes in their lives. This sermon reminds the couple to treat each other with genuine love throughout their marriage.
The Excellent Wife
Proverbs 31:10-13 describes "an excellent wife." The Scripture shows her as a hardworking, independent woman who cares for a small business and the needs of her family. Her husband proudly boasts that he married her and supports her emotionally, praising her publicly. These beautiful verses illustrate a supportive relationship between a husband and wife and can easily become a memorable wedding message.
Jesus' First Miracle
The second chapter in the Gospel of John tells of Jesus' visit to a wedding in the town of Cana. Here, Jesus performed his first public miracle, turning the water into wine. This illustrates the importance of marriage for Jesus, using the occasion to start his public ministry and protect the newlyweds from embarrassment.
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