This material on Biblical marriage is directed at a specific audience – those couples who have come to the point of admitting that serious problems have developed in their relationship, or those who know something is wrong and do not want to wait and see what will happen next!
As a result, these “Quiet Talks” are not intended for general audiences or situations
where the goal is a general discussion of relationship in marriage. The “conversational” format is not intended to be entertaining or to address surface needs. The best analogy is that of an Emergency Room where people are brought because of serious injury or critical needs! Emergency Rooms are not decorated to please the eye or to provide physical comfort! They look like what they are – a facility devoted to the specific need of emergency care – a facility devoted to saving life!
These five conversational “sessions” on Christian marriage are provided for the help of marriages beginning to experience the pain of “breakdown” or of “relational bleeding”! The pressing need is to “stop the bleeding” – to offer God’s help for marriages that have come to a moment of crisis! Tragically, many hurting couples do not know how to find God’s help or have become convinced that even God cannot help them!
How happy we are to offer help from a Biblical foundation – the living “Truth” of the Word of God! The God of Eternity, our Creator, is a God who “saves”: He saves from “sin” and eternal separation from the Giver of Life; He saves from “self” and the earthly consequences of separation from eternal Truth!
Pastor Jerry Clark has served as Pastor of Riverwood Bible Church in Jackson, MS, for the past 30 years. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (1974), he studied under the gifted professor of Christian Education, Dr. Howard Hendricks, who taught practical tools for the repair and recovery of marriages based on a Biblical perspective. Believing that God has called and gifted him in this same area of ministry, Pastor Clark brings more than 40 years of personal experience in helping hurting couples. These human factors aside, the central focus of these “Quiet Talks” is the Word of God which is “living” and “active” by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s “tool” to bring hope where couples have given up hope or where divorce seems to be inevitable!
“All Scripture is inspired by God (God-breathed) and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17