On April 20 and 21, twenty couples gathered at Marco Presbyterian Church to participate in a FamilyLife video seminar entitled “The Art of Marriage”.
The event featured expert speakers including the president of FamilyLife, Dennis Rainey, Dr. Paul David Tripp, Dr. Michael Easley, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. Al Mohler along with ten other authors. The goal was to share God’s plan for marriage.
At the conclusion of the seminar attendees were asked: “What were the most important things you learned from this event”. Here are some of their answers: “Marriage is throughout the Bible so we have the best resource available to help us be as successful as possible in our marriages.” “A good marriage requires work.” “Glorifying God in marriage is a worthy goal.” “God needs to be a vital part of our lives and marriages.” “Prayer is vital and spiritual intimacy is to be a part of a good marriage.” “Marriage is a commitment to each other but also to God.” And “The greatest expert on marriage is the One who wrote the book, God.”
Attendees laughed, cried and enjoyed growing in their relationship with God and their spouses. They were challenged to rethink the commitment they made when they exchanged their wedding vows, a commitment not just between husband and wife, but also with God.
Participating couples were in marriages ranging from over fifty years to under fifty days. All agreed that the event was not only worth attending, but also worth revisiting at a later date. Five different churches were represented in the group, and the material was relevant across denominational lines, holding fast to the truths of the Bible.
The event highlight was when the participants willingly stood, faced each other, looked in their spouse’s eyes and pledged a commitment to each other and God to make their marriage a priority in their lives.
Marco Presbyterian Church’s Counseling Team presented the seminar. Plans are underway to have another Marriage Seminar next year. “We hope to have even more people attend, including engaged couples and those contemplating marriage,” said organizer Paul Flores.