MINISTRY

OUR  VISION

 

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We are on a mission to protect the sacredness of marriage in this generation and the next, and to raise up marriages that exalt the name of Jesus.

We encourage young marrieds and those considering marriage: think of yourselves as future mentors and leaders. Think beyond just God building in your marriage; think about his building upon your marriage.

The hour in which we live is not a time to cast off restraint or focus on the temporal; it’s a time for husbands and wives to contend for fresh, eternal vision in their marriages. Your individual response and your marital response to the commands of God will transcend this life and be conferred as rewards in the age to come. It is the future kingdom where we will continue to serve as kings and priests in our resurrected bodies.

Jesus made the age to come an object of present experience when God became a Man, when the Word became flesh. He delivered us from this “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4). I won’t be married to my wife in the age to come, but our expectation of eternal life is a source of strength to our marriage today. It motivates us to rise above the petty troubles that seek to sabotage our home, and to stir the power of the age to come, already a resident deposit within our hearts. We have “tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:5). Like Abraham, we are waiting for “the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10).

It’s ironic that a strategic component of any marriage is one that transcends the life of the marriage.

Husbands and wives who invest in the age to come are “laying up treasure,” some of which will spill over into the here and now, and solidify their marriage in this age.

A very succinct expression of our vision is contained in this quote from one of our books:  A vertical marriage is two lives poured out for Jesus and one another, laying up eternal treasure in heaven.