A young minister must follow good examples2 Timothy 2:2 KJV And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
He must stick with emphasis of scriptures and not be swayed by needs.
These days the catchy programs are designed either for business men or majorly marital issues
The world is facing serious challenge to the marital institution but this doesn’t dictate the pace nor the message of the church,
You MUST stick to the message
2 Timothy 4:2
…Preach the Word!
Let’s check more stats
1) How often do u use the term marriage, marry, marrying etc.
Old Testament – 5
Four gospels – 12 times
Majorly in parables, answer to a question and reference to days of Noah, book of John, an event
Epistles – 4 times
Paul 2 times in 1 Corinthians 7, Hebrews 13 and book of revelation
Old Testament – 18 times
Four gospels – 5 times, during teaching just twice
Epistles – 7 times
In 1 Corinthians 7 – four times, Romans 7 – three times for law and grace
Old Testament – 1
Four gospels – 3
Epistles – 0
Old Testament – 6
Four gospels – 10
This follows same pattern highlighted earlier
Epistles – 5 times in 1 Corinthians 7
Old Testament – 84 times
Four gospels – 9 times with four in John 4, woman at the well
Book of Acts – 2 times, Ananias and Sapphira
Ephesians twice, Galatians 4 (Sarah),
1 Corinthians 7 – 10 times
Romans 7 – 6 times for law and grace.
Old Testament – 6
Four gospels – 1
Epistles – 12
1 Corinthians once and not teaching marriage
Ephesians three times, Colossians twice, 1 Timothy 3 for ministry twice, Titus like Timothy for ministry twice, 1 Peter 3 – three times
Old Testament – 338
Four gospels – 46
These is very related to descriptions primarily not teachings on marriage.
Book of Acts – 5
Epistles – 24
22 times in 1 Corinthians 7
Ephesians 5 times, with same Emphasis earlier stated
1 Timothy – 3 times, twice for ministry
Titus and 1 peter once each. Book of revelation – twice
Old Testament – 142
Four gospels – 2
Acts – 1
Epistles – 10 times 90% related to the earlier explanations.
Most commentaries on marriage in the four gospels and Epistles were made by non-married i.e. Jesus and Paul.
They definitely were NOT talking from experience as many do today.
No one taught on romance.
None on how to marry.
Also you can’t teach from the epistles without studying 1 Corinthians 7, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3 and 1 Peter 3 for references.
Also not much teaching is found in the New Testament.
Hence major proponents in the churches today rely much on non-biblical materials.
The teaching on marriage, relationships and sex etc. aren’t given such prominence in the Epistles.
The Apostles focus was on spiritual growth, this definitely will effect godly marriages.
Place your priorities right.