02 God's Purpose and Plan for Marriage

God's Plan for Marriage

1) Leave: the bride and groom shall leave their parents and become independent
2) Cleave: the bride and groom shall be united
3) Become One: the bride and groom, through God's power, will become one

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis 2:24

God's Ordained Purpose for Marriage

Before any governments or churches, God ordained the family!

"Haven't you read," [Jesus] replied, "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. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
Matthew 19:4-6

"The natural family, creation of God, is the fundamental human community, based on the life-long marriage between a man and a woman, in which new individuals are conceived, born and raised."
- World Congress of Families. The Warsaw Declaration, 2007.

Families are central in Scripture, and it is our belief that families are the key social unit to any nation or culture. Unfortunately, we live in a time that the culture is hostile to the traditional family.

"No dictatorship or godless form of government can tolerate any authority superior to its own, so religion and family are authorities that must be eradicated or, at least, discredited and smothered."
Dr. John Howard, founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. Addressed to the Philadelphia Society, 2/28/2009

We therefore declare our family sovereign and ordained by God!
We hope to live out our vision and mission to honor and glorify God and to leave a Godly legacy by modeling God's plan and purpose for our marriage and family!

Marriage Should Mirror God's Image

We will strive to mirror God's image in our marriage!

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:22-23

Marriage Should Multiply a Godly Legacy

We will strive to multiply a Godly legacy through our children and ministry!

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
Genesis 1:28

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5

We hope to live out our vision and mission to honor and glorify God and to leave a Godly legacy by mirroring God's image in our marriage, and by multiplying a Godly legacy!