29-33 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds
and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since
we ...
a beautiful covenant

1
JOHN PIPER::

When God stands as witness to the covenant
promises of a marriage it becomes more than a
merely human agreem...
a purposeful union

2
C. S. LEWIS::

Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely
a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will
a...
“DON’T LOOK
FOR THE
FINISHED
STATUE.
LOOK FOR A
GREAT BLOCK
OF MARBLE”
a divine reflection

3
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just
as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for
her 26 to make her h...
HE DIDN’T LOVE
US BECAUSE
WE WERE
LOVELY, HE
LOVED US TO
MAKE US
LOVELY.
JOHN MacARTHUR::
What higher motive could there be for the
husband to love his wife? By loving her as Christ
loved the chu...
take full responsibility.

1
forgive one another.

2
develop deep friendship.

3
pursue oneness.

4
serve potential.

5
faithfully persevere in
what you are creating.
passionately serve
who you are becoming.
_MINISTRY_So You Said I Do #5_True Marriage
_MINISTRY_So You Said I Do #5_True Marriage
_MINISTRY_So You Said I Do #5_True Marriage
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In our final week of So You Said I Do, we explore what Christian marriage CAN BE. Too often we look at what isn’t happening in life and love rather than be reminded and excited about what’s possible.

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_MINISTRY_So You Said I Do #5_True Marriage

  1. 1. 29-33 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. EPHESIANS 5:29-33 TMSG
  2. 2. a beautiful covenant 1
  3. 3. JOHN PIPER:: When God stands as witness to the covenant promises of a marriage it becomes more than a merely human agreement. God is not a passive bystander at a wedding ceremony. In effect he says, I have seen this, I confirm it and I record it in heaven. And I bestow upon this covenant by My presence and My purpose the dignity of being an image of My own covenant with My wife, the church.
  4. 4. a purposeful union 2
  5. 5. C. S. LEWIS:: Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.
  6. 6. “DON’T LOOK FOR THE FINISHED STATUE. LOOK FOR A GREAT BLOCK OF MARBLE”
  7. 7. a divine reflection 3
  8. 8. 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. EPHESIANS 5:25-27 NLT
  9. 9. HE DIDN’T LOVE US BECAUSE WE WERE LOVELY, HE LOVED US TO MAKE US LOVELY.
  10. 10. JOHN MacARTHUR:: What higher motive could there be for the husband to love his wife? By loving her as Christ loved the church, he honours Christ in the most direct and graphic way. He becomes the embodiment of Christ's love to his own wife, a living example to the rest of his family, a channel of blessing to his entire household, and a powerful testimony to a watching world.
  11. 11. take full responsibility. 1
  12. 12. forgive one another. 2
  13. 13. develop deep friendship. 3
  14. 14. pursue oneness. 4
  15. 15. serve potential. 5
  16. 16. faithfully persevere in what you are creating. passionately serve who you are becoming.

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