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Session Eight: Intimacy in Marriage How should couples develop intimacy in marriage? Marriage should be the most intimate relationship anybody experiences in life. It should be more intimate than a friendship, a mother-daughter relationship, a father-son relationship, a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, etc. But sadly, many couples often feel distant and alone in marriage. Because man is body, soul, and spirit (cf. 1 Thess 5:23, Heb 4:12), married couples must cultivate each
Session Seven: Financial Faithfulness in Marriage How can couples practice financially faithfulness in marriage? Many Christian couples give their tithe and offering to God but act like the rest is theirs; however, this is an incorrect use of finances. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”. Crucial to financial faithfulness is recognizing that God is the owner, and we are simply stewards, who will one day give an a
Session Six: Raising Godly Children in Marriage How do we raise godly children in marriage? One of the reasons that God brings two people together in marriage is for the purpose of raising godly children, children that look like him. Malachi 2:15 says, Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. But how is this accomp
Session Five: Conflict Resolution in Marriage How should couples resolve conflict in marriage? Conflict is, essentially, part of human nature. After Adam sinned in the Garden, conflict ensued. When God asked him if he had eaten of the forbidden tree, he did not simply say, “Yes”. He said, “The woman you gave me, gave me the fruit and I did eat.” He indirectly blamed God and directly blamed the woman. The woman then blamed the serpent. When sin entered the world, so did confli
Session Four: Communication in Marriage At the core of every healthy marriage is the ability of a couple to successfully communicate with one another. Communication can be difficult because each individual has a different background, experiences and sometimes even culture, which all affect communication. In addition, 60 to 90% of all communication consists of things outside of what has been said, such as body language, eye contact, facial expressions, and tone. Communication