Bringing the Text to Life

36,722 Years 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

36,722 Years

When the two become one, people can stay married for a surprisingly long time.

At a Glance

This sermon material is about marriage. We start with more than 800 couples who recently gathered at a cathedral in Washington, D.C. to celebrate marriage -- their own. Using their witness and advice, we turn to Paul's discussion of marriage in the epistle reading for today, and we offer some suggestions as to what the Bible means when it declares that in marriage two have become one flesh.

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For material based on today's OT text, see "Hear the Vision?," January 19, 1997, at

A Word to the Church: A Series From the Middle Chapters of 1 Corinthians

Let's face it: The middle chapters of 1 Corinthians are not the easiest chapters for homiletical treatment. The apostle Paul takes time out to have "a word to the church," dealing with issues of marriage, sexual immorality, being single, eating and dietary matters, and disciplining the body and its cravings. From mid-January to mid-February, the Revised Common Lectionary gives us a series of...

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