Marriage at Bethesda


Christian marriage is a sacrament, where a man and woman enter into a spiritual and physical union. Marriage is a God-ordained lifelong covenant union of one man and one woman. This union is entered into publicly, with mutual consent and vows of faithfulness and fidelity. There is no room in the definition of marriage to support transsexual or same sex unions. Scripture is very clear that any union other than man and woman within the bounds of marriage is sin.

The Bible gives clear guidelines for a Christian marriage:
• Equality
Jesus taught that a married man and woman are joined together by God (Mark 10:9). In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul explained that a Christian should not be joined together with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). When a man and woman are planning to be married both should be Christians. As Christians, the man and the woman are equal before the Lord (Galatians 3:28). Each then is to submit to Jesus as Lord, and to one another (Ephesians 5:21).
• Unity
When a man and woman are joined together in marriage, they become united. The Bible teaches that a man and woman become one flesh, emphasizing unity and the importance of keeping sexual relationships between a man and woman within a marriage. The apostle Paul taught that becoming one flesh was a mystery, and he compared it with the relationship that Christ shares with His Church (Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31-33 and Ephesians 5:25). Unity also requires moving beyond previous family bonds. A man and woman no longer submit to their parents, but to one another (Mark 10:7-8). This unity is essential to the beginning of a new family under the leadership of Jesus Christ.
• Purity
Throughout Scripture, marriage is used as an example of the Covenant relationship God desires with His creation. In the Old Testament, God said He was Israel’s husband (Jeremiah 31:32 and Isaiah 54:5). In the New Testament, Jesus said He was going to come back for His bride, the Church, a Church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. This presents an example of purity in marriage, and marriage should reflect the purity that is pictured by the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25, 27 and Revelation 21:2). Two people who plan to be married should be pure physically and spiritually. In his writings on marriage, Paul taught that sexual immorality had no part in a marriage (Ephesians 5:3).

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Marriage

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