Marriage Through the Lens of Scripture
Remember, God invented romance, so be sure to consult with Him, He is the only expert on the subject.
Marriage by God's design is for one man and one woman as noted in the Book of Genesis. Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
Does this mean that God will not forgive someone who has done these things? The price Jesus paid on the cross for humanity's sins reveal that there is forgiveness for those who repent and turn from willful rebellion toward God (1 Corinthians 6:11).
God understands our weaknesses and promised to enable born-again believers to face and overcome the sin in their lives, because He wants only His best for them. He doesn't expect instant perfection, but rather, willing hearts that want to love, honour, and obey Him, because He first loved them.
Asking the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be in the centre of a couple's marriage is likened to God's covenant to His people. Not only is a couple promising to love and honour one another they are entering into the same covenant with God. God's ways for marriage are perfect; they are meant to protect and bless the couple not restrict them.
Genesis 1:1 says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Genesis 1:26 then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… Genesis 2:18 then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper, who is suitable, adapted and complementary for him." For this reason man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:21, 22,23, 24).
Becoming The Change You Want to See
Making a decision to marry requires wisdom, discernment, and prayerful consideration. It is not to be taken lightly. God gave us a holy and divine blueprint for our lives including marriage, but very few people know His Word or the true meaning of marriage in the eyes of God.
Marriage means serving your spouse, for the Bible tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If both the husband and wife choose to live this way humbling themselves before God and one another their needs will be met (Luke 6:31).
God does not expect couples to be perfect, but rather, real, honest, humble, and sincere. They are free to admit they do not have all the answers, but acknowledge the One who does (Hebrews 4:15).
The Matrimonial Ceremony
Marriage, unlike baptism and the Lord's Table, is a creation ordinance, given to all people (Genesis 2:23-24). A Biblical marriage depicts the relationship between Christ and The His Bride - The Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:22–33).
My intention in performing a ceremony is to direct the couple and those witnessing the ceremony to focus on the Biblical context of marriage to extend God's covenant blessing to the couple as a minister of the gospel.
Fees for Services
My fees vary depending on the package you choose and location of your wedding, rehearsals and so forth. For more information please contact Reverend Joanne Moss.
Renewal of Wedding Vows
For those who love one another far more now than the day they married renewing their wedding vows before God and man, for the glory of God, may be their way of publicly declaring the faithfulness of God and the blessings associated with marriage. Although there is no specific Biblical calling to renew wedding vows I would be delighted to plan a celebration with you that will honor your desire, inspire those around you, and glorify God, the One who wrote the world's all time best selling Book on Romance.
Tying the Knot so it Won't Unravel
Emotional bonding and growing together after the honeymoon's over are equally as important as this special day, therefore, if you wish to make an additional investment in yourselves and your marriage before and/or after your wedding I would be pleased to speak with you about my complementary services which assess emotional and social abilities that inspire mutual love and respect.
Honouring Your Vows
Shedding light on these important areas helps couples to honour their vows by nurturing personal growth and authentic intimacy.n
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