Marriage has been given a bad name and has taken a bad rap for a number of years. The oldest relationship for mankind is now viewed by many with disdain. This is largely due to high divorce rates, and societies attempt to re-define marriage and it’s intent/purpose. Marriage is defined as the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual relationship. God (in the beginning) saw that it wasn’t good for man to be alone so he made him a help meet “The Women”. Maybe he also saw that without the women, men would not have good furniture, curtains, dishes or decent clothing–just a thought. But seriously, companionship, enjoyment, completeness, and fruitfulness are primary purposes of marriage. Though man and woman are equal as God’s children, they are created with different roles that allows them to give and receive themselves to the other as a gift. A husband is the head of the wife and as the head he dwells with his wife according to knowledge. He honors her as the weaker vessel, and he gives himself for her as Christ gave himself for the church. We know that Christ gave his all for the church. When we as men walk in the role that God has outlined for us, our wives find submission and reverence less taxing. This in turn helps them to willingly fulfill a significant part of their role in the relationship. Understanding what marriage is, it’s purpose, and our roles creates a foundation that is strong and enables our unions to stand during good and bad times.
We will provide you testimonies from couples who will offer insight into the “mystery of marriage” and the relationship that Christ has with the church. We tackle some of the assumptions and erroneous attitudes that many married people have about God’s purpose for marriage and the benefits of marriage. We also consider how husbands and wives should consider and submit to one another, and create relationships where sex is not a tool of manipulation, but rather a loving and on-going expression of two becoming one flesh.
This Month we feature Brother & Sister Rickey Williams (LaSonya) and Brother & Sister Jonah Hutchinson (Turkessa). (Lucas Temple Members)