Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
I have a confession to make: Performing weddings is not my favorite part of being a pastor. The reason is that so many marriages fail—statistics show that roughly forty percent of new marriages end in divorce.1 I think that most pastors take it somewhat personally when that happens to a couple whose wedding ceremony they performed.
What I like doing better than weddings are reaffirmations of wedding vows. I recently did one such service for a couple who had been married for fifty years. What we celebrated was the fact that this man and this woman had kept their promise to love and cherish each other for five decades. They had lived out the words in the charge to the couple in the old Methodist wedding ritual: “Be well assured that if these solemn vows are kept inviolate, as God’s Word demands, and if steadfastly you endeavor to do the will of your heavenly Father, God will bless your marriage, will grant you fulfillment in it, and will establish your home in peace.”2
This couple proved that a good marriage is possible when a husband and wife share a love that is grounded in the kind of love Paul wrote about here. God’s eternal love is the ground of everything that is good and lasting in the universe, including good marriages.