Tonight and Saturday, I will be in Montgomery, AL to speak to a local group on marriage. Tom Ford and his family are organizing this conference. Here is how you can pray:
Pray for our submission, humility, boldness, and love as we are going there to extol and defend the biblical view of marriage by explaining it from the Word of God .
First, we will go to Scripture to learn the language of marriage from the one who created it. One of the most remarkable statements about marriage comes from Genesis: “the two shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). Marriage is about oneness. It is an earthly picture of what it means to know God.
Second, I want to speak of marriage in such a way to deliver us from a self made marriage. A self made marriage is a marriage made in your own image. It is an inwardly focused, narcissistic marriage. It is “marriage for our sake” kind of marriage. I pray that I will be able to explain the foundational matters.
Third, that marriage is a representative relationship. It represents something - the Gospel - Christ’s love for the Church.
Fourth, that marriage is a declarative relationship. Marriage was made to say something. Marriages are always speaking some kind of message. The question is: Is the message of that marriage a message of love, forgiveness, mercy, and devotion? Does it trumpet the superiority of Christ?
Ultimately, I want to say: You defend marriage by loving Christ and becoming like Christ and His holy Church in your marriage.
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