As part of our iRelate series, we looked yesterday at Marriage. We looked at what it is and what it isn’t and how our understanding of God shapes the way we understand the way the marriage relationship was designed to work. You can catch up with it here:
Below are a few more messages on the theme of marriage that you may be interested in as you reflect on your own marriage, or on the marriage that you hope for.
Wisdom for Marriage
For wisdom on marriage we need look no further than Song of Songs. It is a brilliant book, right in the middle of the Bible, that celebrates and teaches so much about courtship, marriage and really good sex. For obvious reasons it is the most thumbed part of the Youth Bible!
Whether you are married or single, in a relationship or not, this short book of eight chapters is packed with wisdom.
Last year I preached from it twice in quick succession. Firstly, I preached on the whole book as part of our series The Story when I tried to explore the main themes of the book. You can listen here (to download it to your PC or mobile device click here):
Then, a few weeks later, I preached at a wedding and tried to summarise some of the book’s lessons for those looking to build a marriage that wins. You can listen here (to download it to your PC or mobile device click here):
As a Christian, do I need to marry a Christian?
As I mentioned briefly yesterday, LEAVING and CLEAVING, (the take-off and landing) are so important for a successful marriage. Cleaving, or uniting, with our new spouse is essential. This is not just physically but emotionally, economically, socially and spiritually. This last one is a constant theme of the whole Bible and why the Bible teaches that a committed Christian should only marry someone with that same commitment. I explore this more fully in a message I preached in our Will Revival Come? series from Malachi 2. You can listen to it here: