Moderator's Comments - Posted 8 September 2015

To guide your holiday reading and listening, here is a selection of resources for a sermon series on marriage in preparation for the possibility of an upcoming plebiscite.


What is marriage? Man and Woman: A defence (Encounter Books) by R P George, S Gergis, R Anderson

Truth overruled: The future of marriage and religious freedom (Regnery Books) by R Anderson

Christianity Today (May 2009): Top 5 books on Marriage:
Just how married do you want to be by J & S Scimner
The Five Love Languages by G Chapman
God on Sex by D Akin
Sexual intimacy in marriage by Cutrer and Glahn
Seven Principles for making marriage work by Gottman and Silver

  •  The excellent: Love and Respect by Dr E Eggerichs (a Focus on the Family book).

The Briefing February 2013 recommended:

The Momentary Marriage by John Piper
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Married for God by Christopher Ash

Go to (St Helen’s London)
Enter Resources – “Marriage” and there is a wealth of excellent sermons from their “Investing in Marriage” Day.

Similarly there is excellent material at (St Thomas Anglican North Sydney)

You can hear what we come up with in June/July at (Chinese Presbyterian Church) is the website of Bundoora Presbyterian Church in Melbourne – excellent material on family life from Proverbs.

Then there are the bible commentaries
Here are a selection from the books you may be preaching:

Derek Kidner Tyndale series
Gordon Wenham Word Biblical series
Bruce Waltke Zondervan

Derek Kidner Tyndale
Bruce Waltke New International
Matthew Henry really insightful on individual proverbs

R T France Tyndale
William Hendriksen Banner of Truth
D A Carson Expositor Bible Commentary

Peter O’Brien Pillar
Francis Foulkes Tyndale
John Stott BST

Douglas Moo Pillar
R C Lucas BST
Peter O’Brien Word

Our pastoral team is writing an introductory note to the congregation about the two central convictions behind the series:

That God is creator, marriage and sex are both His idea first and that a careful and prayerful reading of the Bible will disclose His mind about these matters.

The series title will be:

Getting Ready for the Plebiscite

Sermon 1: What God says about marriage. (Genesis 2:19 – 25 Matthew 19:1 – 12, Ephesians 5:22 – 33)

Sermon 2: What God says about sex. Song of Solomon

Sermon 3: What God says about sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20)

Sermon 4: What God says about homosexuality (Leviticus 18 and Romans 1)

Sermon 5: What God says about equality and submission (Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 2)

PS. If the plebiscite doesn’t happen, no matter, it is a helpful series anyway.

“God created marriage. No government, sub-committee envisioned it. No social organisation
developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.”  Max Lucado


David Cook