Guidelines for Living Praise members planning for marriage
If you are considering marriage, allow us to congratulate you! Living Praise rejoices with you and, more importantly, we are committed to preparing you for a lasting Christian marriage, according to God’s design for marriage.
Every Christian marriage is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the church. When by God’s strength we try to live it out well, we see the beauty of God’s sacrificial, sanctifying love, to His glory. When we don’t live it out, we end up as bad models. Marriage is one of those things that we don’t get to “try before you buy” — we need to get it right the first time, the only time. By God’s grace, a God-honouring marriage is worth working for, because it not only intrinsically pleases God, it also allows us to experience something of the beauty, strength, faithfulness, security and intimacy of Jesus’ relationship with his bride the church!
As such, Christian marriage is not just a private matter between you and your spouse. Your promises are made before God and His church. We do insist that you take an active part in the community life of our church so that you can be supported in your marriage by our pastors, elders and other LP couples, and in turn encourage others. Therefore, in order to marry in LP,
1. You must both be members or working towards membership in LPPC.
We conduct two Membership classes each year (beginning in March and September respectively) that will prepare you to join as members during our Membership Services at the end of May and November.
2. Do inform the church at least one year, (i) before your intended date of marriage and (ii) before buying / applying for your marital home
This will allow ample time for our elders to get to know you, and for you to attend our marriage preparation course. This course is conducted by our pastors over seven sessions. The group is kept small so that our pastors can get to know you better, and for you to be able to journey in your marriage along with another couple. We want you to be comfortable talking with us about marital issues. Most of the problems that couples may face start out small. But sadly, if not addressed or if the couple doesn’t seek help, these issues can become more difficult to handle.