What does God really add to a marriage?
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Far too many marriages fail, and, according to most statistics, Christian unions fare little better than average. Yet Tim and Popie Stafford hold that including God in the marital equation makes a big difference. As they write in “A Firm Foundation,” “faith helps a marriage endure and grow,” and “faith is the glue that holds us together.” Unfortunately, it’s easier to agree with those statements than to put them into practice.
Adding God to husband and wife does make the foundation for a strong marriage, but the process is not as simple as adding water to sand and cement to make concrete. What are God’s goals for marriage? What role does he play in developing healthy husbands and wives? Most important, how can Christians draw on God’s resources to build solid families? These are the questions we’ll explore in this study.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 3:11; Matthew 19:3–6; Galatians 5:22–23; Ephesians 5:22–33; Philippians 1:4–6, 3:12–14; Hebrews 10:24–25; James 1:2–4
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: God advocates marriage.
Teaching point two: God disciples you through your marriage.
Teaching point three: Keeping God central to your marriage takes effort.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM Kyria's Marriage Partnership.
A Firm Foundation, by Tim and Popie Stafford (Summer 2004, 11 printed pages)
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