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Finding Life in Your Marriage - Session One

This is my first post detailing the teaching sessions at our church's marriage retreat this past weekend. The theme of the weekend was Finding Life in Your Marriage. Brett, who taught each session, was kind enough to let me use his notes so I should be able to communicate most of what he did during the teaching times.

Brett began by telling everyone that he was no expert in marriage and that he himself was still working on practicing the principles he would teach. In his words he was just a beggar showing other beggars where he found food. You should know that is doubly true for me. I just want this teaching to be available for anyone to access and I pray that God will use it to do a great work in someone's life and marriage.

The first thing we need to know is who gets to make the rules. Who gets to decide the way things (including my marriage) should be? Genesis 1 says that God made the world and everything in it. Therefore, this world is His and He gets to decide how it all works. This world exists for Him (Colossians 1:16)and His glory. He is our authority on life.

In reading about creation, we discover that all of God's creation is good and that the creation of man is very good. We also learn that God is not alone in Himself. "Let us" He says. The Father has relationships within Himself with the Son and the Holy Spirit.

In Genesis 2 we discover the first negative of the new created world. After seeing that all created things are good, God declares that is not good for the man to be alone. To be alone means that the man is also unknown. He has no relationship with one like himself. If it is not good to be alone or unknown, then it is good to be known. To be fully known, like God amongst Himself, is to have intimacy with the one who knows you.

God remedies the first negative with the first ministry - He creates the perfect complement to man in the woman. She is the crown jewel of creation and is designed to perfectly fit with the man (physically, spiritually, etc.). God's design for husband and wife is that they are fully known to one another, that they be intimate with one another. Their relationship should be the closest human approximation of the relationship between the three parts of the Godhead. Husband and wife should be one in flesh, in spirit, and in soul.




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