I absolutely LOVE being married. It is just the BEST! Living life with your best friend, enjoying each day as an adventure together, and loving Jesus more because of each other, marriage has far exceeded all my expectations! And I know I'm not alone in that feeling. There are many in our church that we've had the privilege of having dinner with and hearing about their marriage and how they are enjoying the precious gift of marriage that God has given. That's why I'm SO EXCITED about this marriage study starting this Sunday afternoon! We've been praying about this study for years now, praying about the timing, the people, and the material. I can't wait for our married couples from CBC to come together to share the glories, the struggles, the joys, the trials, and the hope of the Gospel that has been understood in our marriages.
The greatest earthly, physical picture of the Gospel is marriage. God designed marriage from eternity past to image the covenant-keeping love that Christ has for the Church (Eph. 5:22-33). So we want to be the best Gospel representatives we can possibly be in our marriages. Unfortunately, there has never been a generation whose view of marriage is high enough. Specifically in our generation, people hold to such a low, casual and even antagonistic view of marriage. And I believe the Church has slowly and sadly bought into this view.
But marriage was designed by God for so many joyous reasons! Marriage is fundamentally the doing of God, not a man-made arrangement. And marriage is ultimately for the displaying of God. To the degree that we understand God's design for marriage and seek to display God's glory in marriage, our enjoyment of marriage will increase or decrease. What we want to do in this marriage study is dive deeply into the Scriptures and see God's design for marriage. We want to encourage one another to live out God's design for marriage and find our greatest joy in displaying God's glory in our marriage. We want to live life-on-life together, helping each other in areas where we are strong and being helped in areas where we are weak.
So, if you are married, pray about and plan on being involved in our marriage study. We are so looking forward to precious times of encouragement, honesty, transparency, laughter, and joy. And as a church, we are praying that marriage would be held in high honor, high esteem, such that those around us would be able to see the Gospel lived out in strong, joyful, Christ-centered, marriages. See you Sunday!