God has blessed Joel and Mary Beeke with a wonderful marriage. God has also given them the opportunity to counsel many people in troubled marriages as well as to provide premarital counseling to scores of engaged couples. In this booklet, the Beekes share ten principles they emphasize in their counseling. Perhaps you and your spouse are due for a checkup in your relationship. If so, carefully consider the important marks of a God-glorifying marriage found in this booklet. Strive to put these things into practice, and your marriage will be better for it!
Table of Contents:
1. Building on the Word of God
2. Cultivating Spiritual Fellowship
3. Praying Together
4. Practicing Family Worship
5. Loving Your Spouse
6. Developing Good Communication Skills
7. Complimenting Your Spouse
8. Cultivating Physical Intimacy
9. Developing Friendship and Common Interests
10. Developing Togetherness in Parenting
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife Mary Beeke since 1989. They are blessed with three children and two grandchildren, and serve as a pastor and pastor's wife of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Beautiful and timely counsel from a beautiful couple whose marriage I’ve witnessed close up for almost three decades. We need all the help we can get to keep our marriages sweet and Jesus-like, and it doesn’t get much better than this booklet.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
“In reading this booklet I discovered that I needed all it said—that is, its happy and wise basics about daily living with one I love the most. I believe that I received renewal, joyful energy, and stirring resolutions as these good and pure words washed and strengthened me, and I blessed God for them.” — Geoff Thomas served for fifty years as pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales.