This third message on Biblical marriage presents God 's plan for a wedding ceremony that is pleasing to Him. Previously we saw that courting/dating is an extended time of general, friendly relationships that allow individuals to get to know each other and narrow down their decision for a mate. We also saw that engagement/betrothal is a specific, best friend commitment to one individual in preparation for marriage. Now we will examine how God-designed the wedding ceremony to be a public commitment: (1) demonstrating God's VISION to all, of leaving, cleaving and becoming one flesh; (2) presenting the couple's VOWS, which declare a permanent partnership (companion) and a public pledge (covenant); and (3) holding up God's VALUE of marriage, as being highly prized, the bed undefiled and its violation requiring severe judgment for neglecting and breaking God's commands.
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.