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Preparing for Marriage: The Premarital Counsel of John Calvin (Brown)

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How are young people to arrive safely at the marriage altar? This book captures some of the premarital counsel which John Calvin gave to the youth and families of Geneva. It draws from two categories of Calvin's writings: his commentaries and sermons and his Marriage Ordinance of 154. Bringing up interesting and helpful counsel for young people and their families in order to help them navigate the single years and enter successfully into marriage this book proves useful to all.

Table of Contents:

  1. A Strategic Time of Life
  2. The Importance of Marriage
  3. Purity
  4. The Motivation for Marriage
  5. Necessary Age for Married
  6. Parental Consent
  7. Necessity of Individual Consent
  8. Marriage Within Families 
  9. Equal Yoking
  10. Proposals of Marriage and Engagements
  11. The Permanence of Engagements
  12. The Marriage Ceremony
  13. Post-Marriage Concerns 



Scott Brown is an elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, NC, and the director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches - a ministry dedicated to proclaiming the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life. He and his wife, Deborah, have been married for twenty-seven years and have four children.