Marriage as Ministry (Part One)

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Last weekend we had our first marriage retreat at the Sanctuary Covenant Church. Over 50 couples attended and we had a great time. As I prepared my talks for this weekend, I had some new thoughts from Scripture on marriage. As I read Scriptures on marriage and prayed for wisdom for the talks I was to give at the retreat, I couldn’t help but wonder why so many Christian marriages end in divorce. I’ve read a number of articles on Christians and marriage that state that over half of Christian marriages don’t last. What’s up with that? Maybe it’s because Christians and non-Christians alike share something in common when it comes to marriage; both groups think marriage is primarily about them. Herein lies the problem.

As I revisited Genesis chapters 2 and 3, I saw something within these Scriptures that led me to see marriage differently. Marriage is primarily about God and then it’s about us. To experience marriage God’s way, we must see marriage as an extension of God’s love and a expression in the earthly realm of what the kingdom of God is about. Marriage is a Covenant between one man and one woman that is to provide a picture to the world of the Covenant God desires with humankind. This Covenant between God and man was broken because of sin, but reestablished through Christ. Marriage is used as a metaphor throughout the New Testament in describing the relationship between Christ and the Church. This Covenant marriage is about the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth. What if before the development of the church, Marriage was the first ministry God created, that thru it, the kingdom of God might be advanced? Puts a whole new take on, “be fruitful and multiply.” Read Genesis 1 thru 3 and see if God leads you to rethink marriage.

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0 responses to “Marriage as Ministry (Part One)

  1. Having attended the retreat last weekend, I can say that the talk you gave on Friday was one of the most biblically sound and compelling theologies of marriage I’ve heard. It’s definitely in my top 3 marriage talks.

    I’m looking forwards to digging into the series more.

  2. Thanks Efrem. I was visiting mpls and was at the service Sunday and it couldn’t have been more meaningful to me and my marriage that day. I also just got what you meant when you said to reconsider be fruitful and multiply… that’s beautiful and I pray that God will use my marriage as ministry. Thanks.

  3. You’ve been giving us some good stuff to think about in this series. My wife and I have been tackling some of this in the past year, and the messages have been going along with our journey well and challenging us in more growth.

  4. I’ve been with my husband 25 yrs and married for the last 9 of them and he has recently informed me that he doesn’t want to hear about church (sometimes I just like to share how fun and life changing it is) he says I continue to evolve and nor does he want to hear about my job. So I don’t really know where we go from here. I want to please God.

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