Marriage is a peculiar thing, if you stop to think about it. Our species is the only one that celebrates and cherishes a relationship of this kind. When pondering the purpose of marriage, many are often led to draw their own conclusions rather than learning from the Creator of this unique union. God’s Word tells us that marriage is a great mystery and this mystery is best explained by the relationship between Christ and his Church. All marriages should be about this.
Sadly, our culture today seems to demand that marriage be all about us. But “marriage is more than [our] love for each other” (Dietrich Bonheoffer), marriage is profoundly and completely about the gospel.
As my husband Chris and I were preparing for our wedding day it was our deepest desire to see the gospel displayed not only through our wedding ceremony and celebration but also throughout our marriage. We understood that a wedding day provided a unique opportunity to have all our family and friends, both believers and nonbelievers, in one place where the gospel would clearly be proclaimed.
But although we had intentions for our wedding experience to be fueled by Christ-centered motivations we found this was more difficult than we ever anticipated.
I am so thankful that there is now a resource out there like Catherine Parks’ book, A Christ Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day. What I loved about this book is that it is not only filled with many practical tips on how to plan a Christ-centered wedding celebration, but it also spoke on what a wedding is truly representing, the marriage supper of the Lamb. I had the pleasure of interviewing Catherine about her book, which you can buy here. Hope you enjoy!
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