For Those Considering Marriage – The Freedom of the Gospel

I’ve been preparing some teaching for our Nearly/Newly Wed class at The Austin Stone, and thinking on the gospel and its implications in our marriages.  Here are some of the thoughts I have for couples considering marriage:

Trusting the good news of Jesus and his work on your behalf frees you from:

  • Getting married because of a mistake you made in the past, because Jesus atones for sin, not you.
  • Getting married because you feel trapped in a relationship, because freedom is found in Christ, and you have nothing to fear.
  • Getting married because you just can’t wait to have sex, because the gospel has set you free from the lusts of the flesh, and the power of the gospel is sufficient in your weakness.
  • Getting married because you are lonely, because Christ promises that He is always with us, and we can believe His promise.

Feel free to contribute to this list in the comments section…

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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