A healthy family is built on a healthy marriage, and although there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, you can have a successful one. Successful marriages, however, don’t just happen! They grow out of a strong commitment to pleasing God.
When a husband and wife choose pleasing God as the highest priority of life, He faithfully pours out His grace in a special way upon that relationship. To that couple, He grants the grace to be everything He intends them to be; namely, an example of Christ and His love for His Church (Eph. 5:31).
For those who do have this desire to please God through a growing and committed marriage, we believe that the following areas of ministry will be of great help.
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE
We offer pre-marriage counseling designed with the purpose of helping couples make biblically informed decisions regarding marriage. If you are seriously heading toward marriage, or simply curious about what the Bible has to say on the subject, this is an excellent place to start. We cover many important relationship topics, including:
- God’s Purpose for Marriage
- Building a Firm Foundation of Faith
- Why We Behave The Way We Do
- Understanding Our Emotions
- Communication in Marriage
- Husband and Wife Roles
- Understanding Forgiveness
- Intimacy in Marriage
Preparing for Marriage is offered as needed, and is taught by any one of our available counseling pastors.
Once a year, we seek to encourage and strengthen marriages through our Couple’s Weekend. It is usually held here at Calvary Chapel of Olympia. Dates will be announced both at church and on this website. We always have terrific food and childcare provided. These are wonderful times of fellowship that include worship, special time together with your spouse, and practical teaching from the Word that will truly enrich your marriage. Call the church at 360-352-4214, or keep checking the Home page of this website for further details.
Of all the names given to describe our Lord in the Scripture, one of my favorites is simply, “Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6). The simple truth is, we all need God’s wise counsel, and He promises that when we ask in faith, He will give it generously (James 1:5)! Furthermore, because God has been so generous in sharing His wisdom with us, we now have the privilege and commission to share it with others. As Jesus sent out His disciples to minister to the needs in their world, He reminded them, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). In our counseling and discipleship ministry here at Calvary, we believe this command applies to us as well. Thus, we do not charge money for the counsel that we give.