Reflecting the Relationship between Christ and the Church
Whether you are engaged, newly married, or celebrating many years of marriage, our Family Life ministry invites you to experience more of God’s grace in your life together.
At Hope Chapel, we’re passionate about pursuing God’s design for marriage. Strong marriages are fundamental to strong families and strong churches. More than that, in Ephesians 5 the Bible teaches that our marriages are to reflect Christ and his relationship with the church. What a privilege—and responsibility! That’s why we look to God to build up the marriages in this church, even as we seek to promote marriage in various ways.
The Marriage Ministry provides tools in three areas to encourage and equip you and your spouse to pursue the loving, vital, Christ- centered marriage God intended for you: Marriage Prep & Weddings, Growing a stronger marriage, and Dealing with relationship struggles to strengthen marriages. Specific resources to enhance and protect your marriage are available to you. To learn more about any of these resources contact one of our Pastors and they would be glad to help you. 310-374-4673
For Married Couples
Looking for relationships with other couples? No marriage is successful without loving help from friends in the local church. Each of our classes consists of 10 to 20 adults. There are groups for couples in every season of married life—some for newlyweds only, some for grandparents, and many for those in between. Our groups allow couples to discuss questions about marriage and every other aspect of the Christian life, so that we can grow together.
Our most recent Marriage Class has just ended, if you would like us to offer another one soon please email Scott Eliott.
For those looking to get married
If you’re anticipating the joy of marriage, we want to help prepare you for the years that follow your wedding day. We offer pre-marital counseling for you and your fiancé can meet with a pastor to work through materials designed to lay a biblical foundation for your marriage. And as soon as you announce your engagement, we’ll connect you to a small group of engaged and newly married couples who, with guidance from a mature couple, can help your new relationship grow. For more information on pre-marital counseling and preparation materials contact Pastor Scott Elliott our Marriage & Family Life Pastor.
310-374-4673 x. 154
God designed marriage to be a reflection of the relationship Christ has with the church, and as the master Designer, His plan works best. Many do not see the need to put effort into their marriage until they have drifted apart and have a hard time remembering the good things about their relationship. The Marriage Ministry provides tools in four areas to encourage and equip you and your spouse to pursue the loving, vital, Christ- centered marriage God intended for you:
Marriage Prep & Weddings
Growing a stronger marriage
Dealing with relationship struggles
Groups & Classes to strengthen marriages
Specific resources to enhance and protect your marriage are available to you. To learn more about any of these resources contact one of our Pastors and they would be glad to help you. 310-374-4673
How Do We Honor the Sanctity of Marriage?
Believers should respect & protect marriage
Genesis 2:18-24, Romans 1:18-26, Hebrews 13:4
Our focus is primarily on Hebrews 13 verse 4: "Let marriage be held in honor among all." The word for honor more commonly means precious in the New Testament. It's the word used in 1 Corinthians 3:12 where Paul speaks of "gold, silver, and precious stone." It's used in 1 Peter 1:19 in reference to the "precious blood" of Jesus. It's used in 2 Peter 1:4 to refer to the "precious and very great promises" of God.
So when Hebrews 13:4 says, "Let marriage be held in honor among all," we should hear the ring of preciousness. The Bible is telling us, Let marriage always be thought of as precious. Let it be treasured like gold and silver and rare jewels. Let it be revered and respected like the noblest, most virtuous person you have ever known. Let it be esteemed and valued as something terribly costly. In other words, when you think of marriage, let yourself be gripped by emotions of tremendous respect and sanctity. In relation to marriage cultivate the feeling that this not to be touched quickly or handled casually or treated commonly. In God's eyes marriage is precious and therefore he says, "Let marriage be held in honor among all."
I don't know how you hear this command. Here's how I hear it, and I hope you do too. When it comes right in the midst of Love Christians, Love strangers, Love prisoners, Love the hurting, Don't love money, Trust God to take care of you—when "Honor marriage" comes right in the middle of that kind of God-talk, I hear it as good news. Honor marriage is like Love Christians. Honor marriage is like Love strangers. Honor marriage is like Love prisoners. Honor marriage is like Don't love money because God wants to take care of you.
And so when I see at the end of verse 4, "God will judge the immoral and the adulterous"—that is, God will judge those who defile the marriage bed, God will judge those who dishonor marriage—when I hear that warning, I don't hear a trigger-happy God. I don't hear a quick-tempered God just waiting to zap a fornicator or an adulterer. What I hear is the sober, truthful reinforcement of love for people. God loves it when we love Christians, and he loves it when we love strangers, and he loves it when we love prisoners, and he loves it when we don't love money but trust him for our needs, and he loves it when we honor marriage. Why? Because love is good for Christians, and love is good for strangers and love is good for prisoners and not loving money is good for our souls and honoring marriage is good for us and for our society. And therefore God would be unloving if he did not judge those who demean marriage and defile it and cheapen it and ridicule it and treat it with contempt.