Marriage Blog

504, 2019

THE CHALLENGE – Building Christ centred marriages across the nation

We live in a relationally broken culture which is driven by world values! We in the church need to meaningfully show the world how fullness of life can extend beyond the individual into a committed, God-honouring Christ centred marriage? Our God is a relational God who is in a perfect triune relationship. Jesus said “...I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”(John 10:10 NRSV). We believe that our Lord desires all married people to have meaningful and fulfilling marriages. In our ministry, ‘pre-marriage’ and also marriage provides an incredible opportunity to share the gospel. There are still people who will look to the church for help, before getting married and during their marriage, whether it is in trouble or for ideas to make their marriage better. The starting point for great lives, great marriages is of course salvation, and seeking to lead Christ centred lives, and the [...]

2908, 2018

Marriage is honourable in all…..[KJV]

The consequences of a marriage failing are great. Failure in marriage affects more than husband and wife. Failure also affects friends, the extended family, the children and the children’s children and so many more. Based on the 2016 statistics through the ABS the average number of divorces per day were just under 128 and these divorces impacted the lives of just over 110 children. Attacks on marriage are often one small imperceptible step at a time, but all the time satan is diligent in his attack, as he has been since just after the first marriage. The reasons given for divorce give us some idea of the most common areas of attack and therefore areas that we need to equip the people of the church, and our wider community, for healthy relationships both within marriage/family and outside. A healthy church is a great incubator for evangelism. With an incubator there [...]

708, 2018

πορνεία – porneia

πορνεία, porneia The definition of πορνεία, porneia, in Strongs will be known by some but is worth repeating “harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry: — fornication. Fornication being illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. sexual intercourse with close relatives [Leviticus 18] sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman [Mark 10:11-12] According to the world model it is natural/right for pre-marital sex, co-habitation - for some a “try before you buy attitude”, others because it is “love” or just because it is what others do! We only need to look at some of the advertising around us to see how “sex- saturated” the world is. It is no wonder that without correct equipping, many people, particularly teenagers, feel the need to be sexually active. This is probably not helped by the current tendency of marriage not occurring until the median age of 29.9 for [...]

2811, 2017

We (the church) should not be in fear of man

Over the last days there has been a great need to attend to the background 'running' of the Marriage Week web site - some of you may have seen that on occasions it has not been accessible. It has now been 'patched' but will being undergoing a rebuild over the coming weeks. Whilst this has been happening there has been increasingly the word "that we (the church) should not be in fear of man" to be so is an insidious attack on the word of God. Both these 'events' caused remembrance of the words of Bishop J C Ryle (1816-1900) in his "Expository Thoughts on Mark" an extract is shared below: Mark 10:1-12 The opening verse of this passage shows us the patient perseverance of our Lord Jesus Christ as a teacher. We are told that "Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the [...]

3010, 2017

Reaping and Sowing

Are we reaping what we have sowed - or rather not sowed? There is evidence that in nations - including Australia - that the church has not been sowing into marriage and the Lord's design, plan and purpose for it. A task that is of great importance to the church is to restore, preserve and support a Godly marriage culture – even though to many around us, marriage has lost its meaning. The “Revolutions” in our society - over such things as no-fault divorce, the separation of sex from marriage and so much more - over the last 20 plus years have brought “my rights” and “self” to the forefront. With increased sexual freedom outside of marriage, marriage itself has lost respect and to some it seems to be just a legal contract that can be broken with ease. With children commonly being born outside of marriage, marriage has become a [...]

1810, 2017

Five Keys of a Successful Marriage

In Matthew 19: 4-6, Jesus said that "at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one." Jesus then added "Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” In Ephesians 5:28-32, marriage is discussed this way: - “In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church –for we are members of the body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” What is important [...]

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband..”—
Ephesians 5. 31-33