Modern Marriage

Pete Briscoe

As believers in Christ, we’re accustomed to the views of the world colliding with our beliefs. Marriage and premarital relationships are certainly two areas where cultural norms increasingly clash with biblical truth—so much so that it’s increasingly rare to hear teaching on these subjects in the church. Sometimes it’s just easier to avoid awkward topics.

But it’s worth pressing through the awkwardness so we can experience God’s best for our relationships. In this series, Pete Briscoe tackles four difficult questions:

  • Is it OK to live together?
  • Is there equality in marriage?
  • When is it time to see a counselor?
  • Am I allowed to remarry after divorce?

These messages might cause you, or someone you love who needs to hear them, to feel a bit uncomfortable. But in understanding biblical truth in these areas, there’s opportunity to experience freedom from condemnation and find all the fullness of life God designed for our relationships. 

Messages From This Series:

  1. 1. Is It OK to Live Together?

    Pete Briscoe

    Couples living together without the benefit of marriage have become an accepted social norm—and it’s also occurring within the Christian community. In fact, there’s a good chance that the couple of the last wedding you attended lived together before they got married.

    Is sharing living space and sexual intimacy without being married a good idea? Even if you’re not grappling with this question, you likely know of someone who is—or at least they should be!

    In this message, Pete Briscoe shares what the Bible teaches on this topic and shows you what couples might unwittingly sacrifice when they decide to live together before marriage. 

    Scripture:  1 Corinthians 6:15 - 6:20 , 1 Thessalonians 4:3 - 4:5

  2. 2. Is There Equality in Marriage?

    Pete Briscoe

    Ephesians 5:22 is the often quoted verse that tells wives to submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord. Unsurprisingly, this verse has pricked the nerves of both women and men as they battle to apply this verse in their marriages.

    Is it possible that for far too long, the church has been inaccurately teaching the true meaning of this verse? What are the possible translations of the Greek word “submit” that could shine a brighter light on the picture Paul was attempting to paint?

    Even if you’ve heard previous teaching on this verse, join Pete Briscoe as he opens God’s Word and exposes the limited view many hold regarding this text. He’ll help you gain a deeper and more profound understanding of how this verse in the proper context will enrich your marriage and your relationship with God.  

    Scripture:  1 Corinthians 7:1 - 7:5 , Ephesians 5:15 - 6:9

  3. 3. When Is It Time to See a Counselor?

    Pete Briscoe

    There’s nothing natural about sitting in a room with someone you hardly know and being asked probing questions about your most personal feelings, fears, and struggles. And if that’s not enough to deter you, there’s also a negative stigma attached to people who seek counseling.

    So, why even bother? After all, Christians seek counsel from God and each other—isn’t that enough?

    It might not be if you’re feeling stuck in life—lost in a dying marriage or relationship, held hostage from a traumatic past event, or self-medicating to relieve your pain.

    Sometimes we need help to admit that we need help.

    In this message, Pete Briscoe will show you biblically the appropriateness and importance of seeking counsel, so that nothing holds you back from fully experiencing Life in Christ.

    Scripture:  Exodus 18:13 - 18:24 , Song of Solomon 2:14 - 2:16 , Song of Solomon 5:1

  4. 4. Am I Allowed to Remarry After Divorce?

    Pete Briscoe

    If you’re asking this question it’s likely that you’ve gone through an intensely personal and emotional hardship. As you heal and put the pieces of your life back in place, you might be struggling to know whether you’ll ever love and marry again. 

    Or, maybe you’ve remarried after a divorce but now wonder if your decision was in line with God’s Word.

    The Bible does place restrictions on who can get remarried. But there’s often confusion around the passages and various positions as a result.

    In this message, Pete Briscoe unveils what the Bible says on this topic to help you gain understanding and confidently know the answer for your situation.  

    Scripture:  1 Corinthians 7 , Matthew 19:3 - 19:9

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