Gospel Marriage

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Many men and women don't realize how little they know about their own hearts until they get married. Even when you marry with the purest intentions and best in pre-marriage preparation, there is a steep learning curve once you get home from the honeymoon. In this post, Scotty Smith speaks from his 40+ years of marriage to encourage couples to pursue a gospel-centered marriage. Scotty is teacher in residence at West End Community Church in Nashville, TN. He serves as adjunct faculty for several seminaries, and has authored six books including Everyday Prayers and Objects of His Affection.


What needs or longings do you seek your spouse to fill that can only be filled in Christ? How does that put undue strain on your marriage?
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How are you actively seeking to prepare your spouse to meet the coming Bridegroom, Jesus? What do you do to help them grow in their faith in Him?
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How is your marriage reflecting the glory of Christ?
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Scotty noted that the heart of a marriage is outward facing. How do you and your spouse utilize your marriage to minister the gospel to friends, neighbors, and family members?
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The reality is, it's often difficult to remember that marriage is a temporal relationship. It's so easy to get caught up in the here and now, the petty disagreements, the momentary difficulties of married life, that we lose sight of what lies ahead of us. However, when we get a picture of the coming eternal reality when we are joined with Christ forever, we are able to fully enjoy our marriages now. We serve our spouses with glad hearts and seek to display the goodness and grace of God through our marriages to the world around us.