The Word Among Us

October 2008 Issue

A Little Church

The Great Dignity—and Calling—of Family Life.

A Little Church: The Great Dignity—and Calling—of Family Life.

Scripture tells us that the church is the bride of Christ. It tells us how Jesus has chosen the church in the way a bridegroom chooses a bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). This kind of wedding imagery has been used for centuries to help explain the intimate relationship Jesus wants to have with his people. But at the same time, this image can also help married couples understand the way God wants them to relate to each other—and how they can go about building godly families that honor him and bless their children.

In one sense, this marriage between Christ and his church has already happened, when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. We are...

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