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Keeping A Standard IV

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Welcome: Introduction who we are, what we are doing, why
Prayer:
Prayer:
define standard: established by law or custom, guideline, principle, 2 an idea or thing used as a measure, norm, or model
The Standard Of Being Equally Yoked
define vow:
2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV 1900
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked?
What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked?
The phrase “unequally yoked” comes from in the King James Version: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” The New American Standard Version is a little more forthright: “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter. The weaker or shorter ox would walk slower than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them. Instead of working together, they are at odds with one another
Got Questions Ministries. (2002–2013). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
Three things unequally yoke does in a relationship
Go in Circles ( nothing changes) no matter how many times they say im sorry it happens again.
Can’t perform task set before them. ( When easy things defeat you what do you do?) Talk about AI
At Odds unable to work together..
Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked?

Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians 6:14 is part of a larger discourse to the church at Corinth on the Christian life. He discouraged them from being in an unequal partnership with unbelievers because believers and unbelievers are opposites, just as light and darkness are opposites. They simply have nothing in common, just as Christ has nothing in common with “Belial,” a Hebrew word meaning worthlessness (v. 15). Here Paul uses it to refer to Satan. The idea is that the pagan, wicked, unbelieving world, is governed by the principles of Satan, and that Christians should be separate from that wicked world, just as Christ was separate from all the methods, purposes, and plans of Satan. He had no participation in them, He formed no union with them, and so it should be with the followers of the one in relation to the followers of the other. Attempting to live a Christian life with a non-Christian for our close friend and ally will only cause us go around in circles.

The “unequal yoke” is often applied to business relationships. For a Christian to enter into a partnership with an unbeliever is to court disaster. They have opposite worldviews and morals, and business decisions that must be made daily will reflect one or the other. For the relationship to work, one or the other must abandon his moral center and move toward that of the other. More often than not, it is the believer who finds himself pressured to leave his Christian principles behind for the sake of profit and the growth of the business.

This Scripture isn’t actually speaking against marrying someone, But it can be used to Justify why often there is so much Conflict.

I. DEFINITIONS

From the beginning of time, God’s design for marriage was for a male and a female to become united as one … united physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If spiritual oneness has eluded you, that is all the more reason to be the Lord’s silent witness before your unbelieving mate. Never lose hope.

“We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the people around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel.”

(Ezra 10:2)

Biblical Counseling Keys on Unbelieving Mates A. What is an “Unequally Yoked” Marriage?

What Is an “Unequally Yoked” Marriage?

• An unequally yoked marriage is the union of a husband and wife in which one is a believer and the other is an unbeliever.1

What Is a Believer?

• A believer is a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and who seeks to live a life relying on the Lord for everything.

• In Greek the word for “believe” is pisteuo, which means “to trust in, to place confidence in, to rely on.”2

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

• Mere intellectual assent that Jesus is Lord is not evidence that one is a believer. A changed life is the evidence of authentic salvation.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

So for the sake of time lets deal with some possible unequally yoked scenarios..
So for the sake of time lets deal with some possible unequally yoked scenarios..
Morals: Would you be ok with being involved with a person who is on the other side of moral standards than you? (ethics & boundaries)
Family:
Vision:
Finances
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