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Nurturing your marriage. SEND International Missionary Orientation Program 2014. Introduction. Your marriage is the platform of your witness and ministry. Your marriage is high on the “radar” of the enemy, and he seeks to exploit any vulnerability.

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Nurturing your marriage

Nurturing your marriage

SEND International

Missionary Orientation Program 2014


Introduction
Introduction

Your marriage is the platform of your witness and ministry.

Your marriage is high on the “radar” of the enemy, and he seeks to exploit any vulnerability.

God designs to use your marriage as a showpiece of His grace and as a model for others.


God s plan for marriage
God’s Plan for Marriage

  • Genesis 2:24

  • Matthew 19:5-6

  • I Cor. 6:16

  • Eph. 5:31


God s plan for marriage1
God’s Plan for Marriage

  • Oneness, intimacy

Intimacy

Passion

Commitment

Robert Sternberg’s “Triangular Theory of Love” (1986)


God s plan for marriage2
God’s Plan for Marriage

1. Oneness, intimacy

  • Oneness of heart and spirit

  • Common calling and purpose in life

  • Common commitment and shared values

  • Commitment to a complementary ministry and to the other’s growth in fulfilling his/her calling.


God s plan for marriage3
God’s Plan for Marriage

2. Holiness

  • Eph. 5:25-28

  • “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”


Challenges
Challenges

  • What are the key challenges unique to the mission setting that impact a marriage relationship?


Challenges1
Challenges

  • Transition stress


Challenges2
Challenges

  • Transition stress

  • Role ambiguity


Challenges3
Challenges

  • Transition stress

  • Role ambiguity

  • Lack of boundaries


Challenges4
Challenges

  • Transition stress

  • Role ambiguity

  • Lack of boundaries

  • Culture and language stress


Challenges5
Challenges

  • Transition stress

  • Role ambiguity

  • Lack of boundaries

  • Culture and language stress

  • Family needs



Life habits of a thriving marriage1
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

    Gender differences in men’s and women’s communication patterns







Life habits of a thriving marriage2
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

  • Recreation


Life habits of a thriving marriage3
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

  • Recreation

  • Supporting personal growth


Life habits of a thriving marriage4
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

  • Recreation

  • Supporting personal growth

  • Accountability relationships


Life habits of a thriving marriage5
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

  • Recreation

  • Supporting personal growth

  • Accountability relationships

  • Building fences of protection


Life habits of a thriving marriage6
Life Habits of a Thriving Marriage

  • Prayer

  • Communication

  • Recreation

  • Supporting personal growth

  • Accountability relationships

  • Building fences of protection

  • Freedom to admit need for help


Summary
Summary

  • God designs that you enjoy an ever-deepening and enriching oneness with your spouse as you serve in the mission setting.


Summary1
Summary

  • Your success in achieving God’s design in your marriage, in the human dimension, depends on your consistency in developing and maintaining specific habits.


Summary2
Summary

  • Stress is your platform for growth in holiness and character, and for witness.

  • Keys to constructively growing through challenges are prayer support and personal commitment.


Reflection
Reflection

  • What are the one or two life habits of a thriving marriage that are most important at this time for us to develop?

  • What are our first steps within the next three months?

  • Who will keep us accountable?


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