A man should look at his wife or fiancée and gasp.
Do you know what God has given you or is in the process of giving you?
That woman, that terrifying, glorious woman made in His image, was created by God and redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in her. She is of immense value to God. She is precious to Him. She is His daughter, an heir of the promise, a co-heir of the grace of life with you. Do you feel that? Does it make your chest knot up? Do you get a little bit afraid? Maybe a lot afraid? Good. Hold that pose.
In recent decades, we have essentially reduced marriage to a permanent roommate situation with sexual benefits.
But marriage is not about something as low-stakes as “who gets to control the remote.” Your husband or wife is no mere mortal, but an eternal soul who is going to grow closer to God or further from Him because they are married to you. Add children to the mix—even more eternal souls! That’s why the biblical picture of the family is something far more powerful, far more dangerous, far more glorious—far more like a nuclear reactor than anything else in modern society.
This book is for you if you're:
You just got married and you’re wanting to make sure the cement dries and the foundation is plumb.
Married for years
You’re looking for some retooling, a refresher, a little brush-up on what this whole marriage thing is.
Married and in trouble
You’re looking for real, clear help. Now.
You’re just engaged and looking to start off your new life together on the right path.
Here's what you'll get in this book.
- Biblical foundations for the covenant of marriage
- Marry in the Lord
The true blessing of Christian marriage
- Rightly Ordered Love Life
The priorities of Christian reverence
- Taking Out the Garbage
The differences and duties of forgiveness and trust
- Covenant Asymmetry
The freedom and splendor of God-ordained roles
- A clear understanding of his headship and her submission - Ephesians 5:22-33
- Submission in the Lord
The free commitment to a husband’s authority
- Don’t Shipwreck the Headship
The man’s role to assume and speak as the authority
- Going Into the Fire First
The glory of a husband ready to die and lead first
- Water of the Word
The mystery of marriage and responsibility to nourish and cherish a wife
- Wisdom to stay faithful and obedient when marriage gets difficult- 1 Peter 3:1-7
- Deeper Magic, Deeper Power
The wisdom and power of God in your weakness
- How to Win a Man
The virtues that catch and win a man without a word
- Biblical Beauty
The beauty of a woman dying and rising daily in Christ
- Whose Daughters You Are
The fruitful obedience and motherhood of the daughters of Sarah
- Dwelling with Knowledge
The understanding and intimacy between husband and wife
- Strength to Honor the Weaker Vessel
The strength and prayers of a man for her honorable weakness
- Answers to big questions about sex, divorce, weddings, compatibility, and more
- Babies, Birth Control, and Barrenness
The wisdom of life “better than” foolishness
- How Far is Too Far?
The preparation today for your practices tomorrow
- What Do You Think About….?
The expectations and answers every engaged couple must have
- What the Bible Says about Divorce
The defense and violence of divorce and moving on
- A Theology of Wedding & Receptions
The essentials and meaning of a covenant in community
- Sample Wedding Ceremony
The elements of the ceremony
No Mere Mortals: Marriage for People Who Will Live Forever shows how husbands can lead their wives, and how wives can follow their husbands, and how both together, building on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, can shape future generations and the world.
Toby Sumpter is a pastor at Christ Church, founding co-host of the CrossPolitic show and podcast, and author of Job Through New Eyes: A Son for Glory and Blood Bought World. He writes regularly at his blog Having Two Legs. He and his wife Jenny live in Moscow, Idaho with their four children.
AUTHOR: Toby Sumpter
PAGE COUNT: 220 pages
PUB. DATE: December 1, 2020
PAGE COUNT: 288