Monday, October 27, 2008

Resources for your marriage

For the past two Sundays, I preached on marriage using Paul's words to wives and husbands in Colossians 3. You can listen to the sermons here. Thanks to two members of my church, I was able to tie my messages in to some excellent resources available to married people.

One of those resources is the movie Fireproof. It stars Kirk Cameron in the role of a firefighter named Caleb Holt, who instead of giving up on his marriage finds new hope in Christ and wins back his wife's heart by relentlessly loving her. It's a film full of hope for every married couple, even those with a healthy marriage.

Both Sundays, I used clips from Fireproof to illustrate the principles in Colossians 3:18-19. In addition, for the past month or so we sold discount tickets to the movie and asked our couples to make it a date night. We reserved a number of seats at a particular showing, and encouraged our members not only to attend that show but to invite another couple along and bring them to church the next day for my final message in the series.

Many people said they loved Fireproof, especially because it was connected on Sunday to the Biblical teaching of Colossians 3:18-19. The whole idea of using the movie to help our couples came from a person in my church - thank you, Jennifer!

The other resource I found very helpful is The Marriage Prayer: A Prescription to Change the Direction of Your Marriage. Written by David Delk, another member of my church and president of Man in the Mirror, The Marriage Prayer is an entertaining, interactive manual that shows couples how to invite Christ into the struggles and challenges of married life. The book is built around a simple prayer that husbands and wives can pray for each other every day. We made signed copies of The Marriage Prayer available for purchase after the worship service.

In addition to making the book available, I asked couples to take a 14-day Marriage Prayer Challenge. Every day for 2 weeks, dozens of husbands and wives in our church will pray for each other using the Marriage Prayer. To make it easy for them, we distributed the Marriage Prayer Card that Man in the Mirror has created to go along with the book. (You can view and order the card here.) It was inspiring to see husbands and wives throughout our Worship Center committing themselves to prayer. God moves when his people admit their need of grace.

I am grateful for this valuable resource and recommend it highly to married and engaged couples looking for practical, creative ways to experience renewal in their relationship.


Anonymous said...

i really liked your sermon ...

seems you drove a point for woman to repent but i did not hear in your husbands sermon to invite man to repent?
i am wondering guys do not have to repent...

Mike said...

Dear Anonymous,

I am wondering if you listened to BOTH of my sermons, or just the one I directed to wives??? I definitely called husbands to repent... in fact, more so since they are supposed to be the spiritual leaders of their home.