FBC Wedding Policy

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Marriage is a really important decision ... because of that; the Church makes every effort to provide a couple with the tools they need to build a strong and healthy marriage. If you are considering a Christian marriage, you will want to take the time to search out what the Scriptures have to say regarding this vital relationship.

What are the components of a Christian marriage?

Mutual Respect and Love - Ephesians 5:33

Respect means that each individual accepts the other as he or she is, not trying to manipulate but unselfishly nourishing the spouse in such a way that he or she may become the person God intended. Respect distinguishes between the ideal and the real, and does not demand too much: "Each one of you also must ___ his wife, as he ____ himself, and the wife must ______ her husband."

Genuine Commitment - Matthew 19:5

The marriage vow says, "Forsaking all others." The Bible says, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be _____ to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." Becoming "one" does not mean an abdication of personality or personal rights. Rather, it is a fulfillment of those things.

Good Communication - James 1:19

For genuine communication there must be a conviction that your spouse is important and has something important to say. Proverbs 20:5 states that a "person of understanding draws another individual's thoughts out". James 1:19 says, "Everyone should be ____ to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

Time and Effort - Ephesians 4:32, Galatians 5:22

Like fruit, love must be given the opportunity to mature. (Galatians 5:22) When the going gets rough, a godly couple doesn't just "fall" out of love: they stay together and work things out. Problems and differences are resolved through forgiveness and grace: "Be ___ and ____________ to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

Spiritual Unity - II Corinthians 6:14

Understanding the spiritual dimension in marriage has profound implications. It is so vitally important that Scripture teaches that it is imperative that a believer marry another believer. "Do not be yoked together with _________. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"