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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

Scripture References in this Resource

Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7; 1 Peter 3:4; Colossians 3:18, 20, 22, 23; Ephesians 5:21-24; Ephesians 6:1,5,6,7; Gen.3:12; Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2:23; Genesis 3:1, 13; Genesis 3:16; Genesis 3:6; Genesis 3:9; Genesis 5:1-2; Titus 2:4-5


The debate over the statue of women represents a large clash between venerable religious beliefs and social movements that have affected the understanding of what a "true Biblical marriage” should be. This paper explores "Marriage Beyond Hierarchy...How To Keep Building a Partnership Marriage."

Chapter one deals with an exegetical study of Ephesians 6:22-33, I Peter 3:1-7, I Corinthians 7 and looks at the Lutheran Confessions and what they say about marriage, roles, responsibilities, submission and headship. Chapter two examines the "chain of command" model of marriage in comparison with the "equal partnership" model. Finally, chapter throe presents a method for making God's original purposes, plans and intentions for marriage work. This method is a four session congregational video workshop•

A summary of the results of this study of the Biblical evidence is that man and wife were created by God to be equal partners in marriage. Conclusions The principle that is to govern the marriage relationship is to be mutuality and partnership under the lordship of Christ and His will for marriage.

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