Before You Say “I Do”
3 – Partnership Focuses
First commitment –> commit to pursue God as your one while preparing for your two. (week 1)
Second commitment –> commit to always pursue your two. (week 2)
Opposites initially tend to attract, and then later on, they often attack.
Third commitment –> I commit that my future marriage will be about we and not about me. (this week)
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
- A contract is based on mutual distrust.
- A covenant is based on mutual commitment.
If you want something that other people don’t have, you got to do something other people won’t do.
3. A covenant partnership is godly leadership and mutual submission.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:22-33)
You can be united or you can be untied.