The Goal of Marriage
What is marriage for?
How does God answer that question?
Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III have together written this inductive Bible study guide to help couples build healthy and happy marriages. Through six study sessions for individuals, couples or groups, they lead you through an overview of their model for marriage, following the "leave, weave, cleave" imagery of the Bible: leave your parents, weave a life together and cleave to each other.
Intimate Marriage Bible studies bring spouses into deeper communion with God and with each other. In marriage a man and a woman are called to leave their families of origin, to weave their individual lives into a unity and to cleave to each other. How can fallen human beings even begin to contemplate this ideal--God's ideal?
These studies will help you take small but real steps toward honoring the image of God in each other and living out God's goal for marriage. As you explore and respond to Scripture together, you will discover strength and beauty in your marriage and become even more intimate companions.
"Allender and Longman assert that marriage transformation requires deep and frequent encounters with the gospel, facing the truth about God, others and about ourselves. That's a far cry from the 3-steps-to-a-better-marriage advice we have been swallowing for years, to no avail. This material is real food for marriages that hunger for honesty, intimacy, spiritual depth and lifelong fulfillment.
"Every marriage needs this series--including mine. But working on your marriage alone is hard. That's why the interactive DVD and small group components put this series in a league of its own. Pursuing marital growth in community with other like-minded journeyers will make this experience powerful and deeply rewarding. Use it together to enhance the most exciting, yet challenging, relationship on the planet."
Welcome to Intimate Marriage Bible Studies
1. Knowing Who We Are as Husband and Wife - Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7
2. Leaving--from the Male Perspective - Genesis 2
3. Leaving--from the Female Perspective - Psalm 45:10-15
4. Weaving - Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
5. Cleaving - Genesis 2:18-25
6. The Ultimate Loyalty - Psalm 127