Biblical Guidance for Marriage
Richland Road Church of Christ

In order to assist the body of Christ in understanding the Biblical importance of having strong marriages, the elders, with the assistance and support of our ministers and deacons, share the following:

1.Marriage is designed by God to be a life-long union between one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6).

2.Marriage is meant to be a reflection of God’s relationship with His people (Hosea, Malachi 2:13-16) and Christ’s relationship with His church (Ephesians 5:22-33).

3.God has given men and women specific roles within the marriage. When each one strives to do God’s will within their role, their marriage has the best opportunity to be blessed by God.

    a.Husbands are encouraged to study the following passages to better understand their role:

        Genesis 3:17-19, Proverbs 31:28, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 and 11:3, 
        Ephesians 5:21-33, Colossians 3:19, and 1 Peter 3:7

    b.Wives are encouraged to study the following passages to better understand their role:

        Genesis 2:18 and 3:16, Proverb 31, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16,
        Ephesians 5:21-33, Colossians 3:18, and 1 Peter 3:1-6

4.God’s design is for all marriages to remain strong and vibrant for a lifetime (Mt. 19:1-9). As His church, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to support this truth.

5.Therefore, we encourage anybody desiring counseling in order to resolve marital challenges to seek it from within the church leadership. We recommend that men counsel only men or couples, that women counsel women, and that, where possible, couples counsel couples (see Titus 2). Any of the ministers or elders or their wives are willing to help you obtain the counseling you need.