“Intimacy-Builders for a Christ-Centered Marriage” was the topic for our "Pro-Family" married couples date night. 41 couples registered for this event that helped heal, renew, and strengthen marriages. A framed, marriage covenant renewal document was read and signed by the couples. One couple was on the very brink of splitting up but has now decided to stay together. Another couple, whose children served as volunteers for the event, hugged each other for the first time in many years.
During the invitation after a Sunday sermon entitled "The Proposal", an amazing 7 unmarried couples (who have been living together) came forward to repent and publicly propose a commitment to God and His design for Christian marriage as each couple sealed their engagement before the congregation as witnesses. In the days following, we learned that a number of other unmarried couples were inspired to do the same, and a large-group covenant marriage ceremony is being planned to take place on April 30. At least 10 couples are currently undergoing weekly pre-marriage "readiness" counseling sessions with our church leaders and their wives to better prepare them for a lifelong commitment.
Over 100 single men and women from our congregation gathered to receive wisdom for living in purity and purpose. Tim and Bambi gave their heart-to-heart, straight talks and Biblical teaching to persuade young people to receive love from God and save sex for marriage.
Life Class is our updated, in-house discipleship training academy. New believers in Christ are trained to follow Jesus on a daily basis; putting into practice the basics of Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, and sharing their faith with other people who have yet to be saved.