Do you know what God has given you (or is in the process of giving you)?
That woman, that terrifying, glorious woman made in His image, was created by God and redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in her. She is of immense value to God. She is precious to Him. She is His daughter, an heir of the promise, a co-heir of the grace of life with you.
Do you feel that?
Does it make your chest knot up?
Do you get a little bit afraid? Maybe a lot afraid?
Good. Hold that pose.
In recent decades , we have reduced marriage to a permanent roommate situation with sexual benefits. But marriage is not about something as low-stakes as “who gets to control the remote.”
Your husband or wife is no mere mortal, but an eternal soul who is going to grow closer to God or further from Him because they are married to you. Add children to the mix—even more eternal souls!
That’s why the biblical picture of the family is something far more powerful, far more dangerous, far more glorious—far more like a nuclear reactor than anything else in modern society.
You just got married and you’re wanting to make sure the cement dries and the foundation is plumb.
You’re looking for some retooling, a refresher, a little brush-up on this whole marriage thing.
You’re looking for real, clear help. Now.
You’re just engaged and looking to start off your new life together on the right path.
No Mere Mortals: Marriage for People Who Will Live Forever shows how husbands can lead their wives, and how wives can follow their husbands, and how both together, building on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, can shape future generations and the world.
Toby Sumpter is a pastor at Christ Church, founding co-host of the CrossPolitic show and podcast, and author of Job Through New Eyes: A Son for Glory and Blood Bought World . He writes regularly at his blog Having Two Legs. He and his wife, Jenny, live in Moscow, Idaho, with their four children.
AUTHOR: Toby Sumpter
PAGE COUNT: 220 pages
PUB. DATE: December 1, 2020
PAGE COUNT: 288