MARRIAGE RESOURCES

Marriage Restored Series

This 8-week series lays a foundation for what Biblical, Gospel-centered marriage is, and how a marriage centered on the Gospel helps bring God glory and bring more joy into our lives.

Bill Magsig - April 3, 2016

The Marriage Crisis

Marriage Restored

Ephesians 5:21-33

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Week 1 – The Marriage Crisis – Discussion Questions

Week 2 – The Essence of Marriage – Discussion Questions

Week 3 – The Priority of Marriage – Discussion Questions

Week 4 – The Purpose of Marriage – Discussion Questions

Week 5 – The Mission of Marriage – Discussion Questions

Week 6 – The Structure of Marriage – Part 1 – Discussion Questions

Week 7 – The Structure of Marriage – Part 2 – Discussion Questions

Recommended Books

The following are great resources for those who want to learn more about marriage.

BOOKS

THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
by Tim Keller

THE MINGLING OF SOULS: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption
by Matt Chandler

SACRED MARRIAGE: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?
by Gary Thomas

Getting Marriage Counseling

We believe deeply in the value of counseling in our lives,and we are unapologetic and unashamed about it. Why? Because the Gospel gives us both humility and confidence. The fact that Jesus had to die for us gives us the humility we need to admit that ongoing sin, hurts, and problems are a reality in each of our marriages. Yet the grace of God through Jesus gives us the confidence to drop our masks and seek help for these problems in our marriages.

Many people have a desire to get counseling , but they don’t know where to start. Here are 3 things you can do today:

1. Join a Community Group.

The foundation of any progress in your life, regardless of whether you seek professional counseling or not, is the community around you. Community Groups are designed to be a place where you can connect deeply to a small group of people for the sake of spiritual growth. Virtually every issue you might be facing in your marriage will best be addressed in the context of having a group of people deeply connected to you, and deeply committed to consistently supporting you and pressing you back to Jesus.

Learn more about Community Groups here.

2. Schedule an appointment with a Berean Pastor or Staff Member.

It is often helpful to meet specifically with a counselor who can listen to your situation and offer their counsel on what to do. Berean Pastors and specific staff members are trained to meet with couples, to listen to their situation, and to recommend a way forward for the couple. Typically, a couple meets with a Berean Pastor or staff member 2-3 times before being given a plan for how to move forward (i.e. joining a Community Group, continuing to meet together for a certain period of time, seeking further professional counseling).

To schedule a time to meet with a Berean Pastor or Staff Member, contact Bill Magsig at billm@bereannola.com.

3. Schedule an appointment with a professional counselor.

While most issues in marriage are best resolved through the relationships you build in your Community Group, we will often refer couples to professional counseling to deal with specific issues you might be facing. If you believe seeing a professional counselor would help, we recommend the following:

Contact the Leeke Magee Christian Counseling Center at 504-816-8004 or lmccc@notbs.edu

– On the phone or in the email, briefly explain to them your situation and ask, “Are you able to help me?”

– Take a moment prior to calling and write out a 4 sentence explanation of your situation. You will find as you start looking for counseling that it is much easier when you can quickly summarize what exactly your situation is.

– If they are not able to help you, make sure to ask them this: “Can you refer me to someone who might be able to help me?”

– There are often several reasons a counseling center or practice might not be able to help you. However, most will be happy to try to refer you to someone else if they are unable to help.

– Don’t give up or get discouraged if they are not able to help. Try the next referral they give you. If you run into problems, contact us at billm@bereannola.com.