About Radical

Radical exists to serve the church in accomplishing the mission of
Christ.

We long to see the church equipping followers of Christ to make disciples who
make disciples who make disciples throughout the world—from neighbors across the
street to unreached people groups across the globe—all for the glory of God.

Who We Are

As the resource ministry of teacher and author David Platt, we serve alongside
the local church by providing resources in multiple languages, organizing catalytic
events like Secret Church, and facilitating opportunities through multiple avenues
all with the aim to encourage followers of Christ in the global purpose God has
designed for us as His people. Our prayer is that these resources will support
disciple-making efforts in local churches around the world.

As followers of Christ, we are committed to obeying His commission. We
believe the Scriptures are the inerrant and infallible Word of God, providing
the foundation for all that we believe and do. Based upon His Word, we are
driven by the following core values:

What We Believe

The following statement of belief is based on the Baptist Faith and Message.
Each statement is followed by Scripture references you can use to help you understand
each of these foundational beliefs.

The Gospel

What is the Gospel?

The just and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful
people and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath
against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection so
that all who turn and trust in Him will be reconciled to God forever.

A biblical presentation and a biblical response to the Gospel includes
five key elements. These five key biblical elements are:

  1. The Character of God (Romans 1:18-20, 2:1-16, 3:22-24, Isaiah 43:6-7)

    Biblical truth:

    God is the just and gracious Creator of all things.

    Biblical response:

    Realize that we belong to Him, are accountable to Him, and are created to
    glorify Him.

  2. The Sinfulness of Man (Romans 1:21-25, 3:9-20, 3:23, 6:23)

    Biblical truth:

    We are each created by God, but we are all corrupted by sin.

    Biblical response:

    Admit areas of rebellion, be honest with God about sin, and turn from it.

  3. The Sufficiency of Christ (Romans 3:21-26, 4:25, 5:6-10, 5:18, 8:1-4)

    Biblical truth:

    Jesus Christ alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God through
    His death. He alone satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.

    Biblical response:

    Recognize that we are helpless to be reconciled with God apart from Jesus
    Christ.

  4. The Necessity of Faith (Romans 1:17, 3:20-31, 4:22-25, 6:11-14, 8:10-11, 10:9-13)

    Biblical truth:

    We are reconciled to God only through faith in Jesus. There is nothing we can
    do to become right with God.

    Biblical response:

    Faith that leads to salvation involves turning from sin and self-sufficiency.
    We turn to Jesus and trust in Him as Lord, confess Him as Lord and Savior.

  5. The Urgency of Eternity (John 3:14-16, 36, John 10:27-30, 17:3, 1 Timothy 1:16-17, Hebrews 9:12, 1 John 5:11-13)

    Biblical truth:

    Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus.

    Biblical response:

    Cry out to God to save you of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and
    confess Him as Savior and Lord.

The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation
of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God
for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error,
for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It
reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will
remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the
supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions
should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the
focus of divine revelation.

References:

  • Exodus 24:4;
  • Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19;
  • Joshua 8:34;
  • Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140;
  • Isaiah 34:16; 40:8;
  • Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32;
  • Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29;
  • Luke 21:33; 24:44-46;
  • John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17;
  • Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11;
  • Romans 15:4; 16:25-26;
  • 2 Timothy 3:15-17;
  • Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12;
  • 1 Peter 1:25;
  • 2 Peter 1:19-21.

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual,
and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.
God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and
all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present,
and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we
owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals
Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes,
but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures,
and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His
grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father
in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

References:

  • Genesis 1:1; 2:7;
  • Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.;
  • Leviticus 22:2;
  • Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6;
  • 1 Chronicles 29:10;
  • Psalm 19:1-3;
  • Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8;
  • Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13;
  • Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19;
  • Mark 1:9-11;
  • John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8;
  • Acts 1:7;
  • Romans 8:14-15;
  • 1 Corinthians 8:6;
  • Galatians 4:6;
  • Ephesians 4:6;
  • Colossians 1:15;
  • 1 Timothy 1:17;
  • Hebrews 11:6; 12:9;
  • 1 Peter 1:17;
  • 1 John 5:7.

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was
conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed
and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and
necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.
He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary
death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He
was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples
as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven
and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully
God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and
man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate
His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever
present Lord.

References:

  • Genesis 18:1ff.;
  • Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.;
  • Isaiah 7:14; 53;
  • Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19;
  • Mark 1:1; 3:11;
  • Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46;
  • John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5,
    21-22; 20:1-20,28;
  • Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20;
  • Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28;
  • 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9;
  • Galatians 4:4-5;
  • Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10;
  • Philippians 2:5-11;
  • Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9;
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18;
  • 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16;
  • Titus 2:13-14;
  • Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8;
  • 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22;
  • 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9;
  • 2 John 7-9;
  • Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men
of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand
truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration
He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian
character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they
serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption.
His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer
into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer
and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

References:

  • Genesis 1:2;
  • Judges 14:6;
  • Job 26:13;
  • Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.;
  • Isaiah 61:1-3;
  • Joel 2:28-32;
  • Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19;
  • Mark 1:10,12;
  • Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49;
  • John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14;
  • Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6;
    19:1-6;
  • Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27;
  • 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13;
  • Galatians 4:6;
  • Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18;
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:19;
  • 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1;
  • 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16;
  • Hebrews 9:8,14;
  • 2 Peter 1:21;
  • 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7;
  • Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them
male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is
thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent
of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice
man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation
of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence
whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.
Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors
and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy
fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness
of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and
in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses
full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

References:

  • Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6;
  • Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5;
  • Isaiah 6:5;
  • Jeremiah 17:5;
  • Matthew 16:26;
  • Acts 17:26-31;
  • Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22;
  • Ephesians 2:1-22;
  • Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely
to all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained
eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes
regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no
salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

  • Regeneration

    Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby
    believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart
    wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the
    sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus
    Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

  • Repentance

    Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the
    confession of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality
    to Him as Lord and Savior.

  • Justification

    Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles
    of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ.
    Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and
    favor with God.

  • Sanctification

    Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which
    the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress
    toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of
    the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout
    the regenerate person’s life.

  • Glorification

    Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed
    and abiding state of the redeemed.

References:

  • Genesis 3:15;
  • Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8;
  • Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6;
  • Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32;
  • John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17;
  • Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32;
  • Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39;
    10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10;
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-20;
  • Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15;
  • Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16;
  • Philippians 2:12-13;
  • Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.;
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24;
  • 2 Timothy 1:12;
  • Titus 2:11-14;
  • Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14;
  • James 2:14-26;
  • 1 Peter 1:2-23;
  • 1 John 1:6-2:11;
  • Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

God’s Purpose & Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates,
justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free
agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It
is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise,
holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ,
and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace,
but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect
and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts,
and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves;
yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

References:

  • Genesis 12:1-3;
  • Exodus 19:5-8;
  • 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22;
  • Isaiah 5:1-7;
  • Jeremiah 31:31ff.;
  • Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34;
  • Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48;
  • John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18;
  • Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28;
  • Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11;
  • Colossians 1:12-14;
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14;
  • 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19;
  • Hebrews 11:39–12:2;
  • James 1:12;
  • 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10;
  • 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local body
of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of
the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws,
exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word,
and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each church operates
under the Lordship of Christ. In such a church each member is responsible and
accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are elders and deacons.
While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of
elder or pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament
speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the
redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people,
and nation.

References:

  • Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20;
  • Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28;
  • Romans 1:7;
  • 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12;
  • Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32;
  • Philippians 1:1;
  • Colossians 1:18;
  • 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14;
  • Hebrews 11:39-40;
  • 1 Peter 5:1-4;
  • Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

Baptism & The Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing
the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s
death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in
newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final
resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to covenant
of church membership.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby followers of Christ
through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death
of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

References:

  • Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20;
  • Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26;
  • Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20;
  • John 3:23;
  • Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7;
  • Romans 6:3-5;
  • 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29;
  • Colossians 2:12.

The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe
and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King.
Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by
trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and
to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full
consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of
this age.

References:

  • Genesis 1:1;
  • Isaiah 9:6-7;
  • Jeremiah 23:5-6;
  • Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29;
  • Mark 1:14-15; 9:1;
  • Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42;
  • John 3:3; 18:36;
  • Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31;
  • Romans 5:17; 8:19;
  • 1 Corinthians 15:24-28;
  • Colossians 1:13;
  • Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28;
  • 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13;
  • Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate
end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly
in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men
in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting
punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive
their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

References:

  • Isaiah 2:4; 11:9;
  • Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64;
  • Mark 8:38; 9:43-48;
  • Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28;
  • John 14:1-3;
  • Acts 1:11; 17:31;
  • Romans 14:10;
  • 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58;
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10;
  • Philippians 3:20-21;
  • Colossians 1:5; 3:4;
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.;
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2;
  • 1 Timothy 6:14;
  • 2 Timothy 4:1,8;
  • Titus 2:13;
  • Hebrews 9:27-28;
  • James 5:8;
  • 2 Peter 3:7ff.;
  • 1 John 2:28; 3:2;
  • Jude 14;
  • Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church
of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new
birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others.
Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of
the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings
of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to
all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win
the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and
by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

References:

  • Genesis 12:1-3;
  • Exodus 19:5-6;
  • Isaiah 6:1-8;
  • Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20;
  • Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53;
  • John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21;
  • Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3;
  • Romans 10:13-15;
  • Ephesians 3:1-11;
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:8;
  • 2 Timothy 4:5;
  • Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2;
  • 1 Peter 2:4-10;
  • Revelation 22:17.

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we
have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the
whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in
their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their
time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as
entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According
to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully,
regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement
of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

References:

  • Genesis 14:20;
  • Leviticus 27:30-32;
  • Deuteronomy 8:18;
  • Malachi 3:8-12;
  • Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29;
  • Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13;
  • Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35;
  • Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2;
  • 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4;
  • 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15;
  • Philippians 4:10-19;
  • 1 Peter 1:18-19.

The Christian & The Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme
in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement
of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and
permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual
by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians
should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms
of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We
should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the
helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend
for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every
Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole
under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love.
In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men
of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of
love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

References:

  • Exodus 20:3-17;
  • Leviticus 6:2-5;
  • Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17;
  • Psalm 101:5;
  • Micah 6:8;
  • Zechariah 8:16;
  • Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35;
  • Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21;
  • Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25;
  • John 15:12; 17:15;
  • Romans 12–14;
  • 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1;
  • Galatians 3:26-28;
  • Ephesians 6:5-9;
  • Colossians 3:12-17;
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12;
  • Philemon;
  • James 1:27; 2:8.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.
It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for
a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His
church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for
intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical
standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created
in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His
people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the
God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.
A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband
even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in
the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given
responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing
the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from
the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.
Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them,
through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices
based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

References:

  • Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20;
  • Exodus 20:12;
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9;
  • Joshua 24:15;
  • 1 Samuel 1:26-28;
  • Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16;
  • Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15;
    23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31;
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9;
  • Malachi 2:14-16;
  • Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9;
  • Mark 10:6-12;
  • Romans 1:18-32;
  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-16;
  • Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4;
  • Colossians 3:18-21;
  • 1 Timothy 5:8,14;
  • 2 Timothy 1:3-5;
  • Titus 2:3-5;
  • Hebrews 13:4;
  • 1 Peter 3:1-7.

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