8 Week Pre-Marital Counseling Session Essay

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LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

PRE-MARITAL CURRICULUM PROJECT

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO
DR. ELIAS MOITINHO
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
PREMARITAL AND MARITAL COUNSELING
PACO 603

BY
Timothy Rose
LU03597943
July 10, 2011
Introduction and Rationale
The community in which I reside is a very rural setting. It has not ascribed to the marriage covenant movement per say, however, the state has mandated that all marriage license fees be reduced by $32.50 if the couple completes marriage counseling sessions of at least four hours. This counseling must have taken place no sooner than one year prior to the date on the marriage license application.[1]
The church I am presently on staff at requires
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The couple will complete the 10 Things Expected Sheet and then discuss them with the pastor (See Appendix B). The pastor will also lead the couple in a discussion of “Why marry now?” in order to make both parties clear on why (or why not) this couple should be pursuing marriage now. The pastor will utilize Genesis 2:18 & 2:24, as well as other Scripture, in order to point out how God views marriage. The couple will be encouraged to turn to Scripture with their homework assignment. They will begin by attempting to understand what the Word of God says about the roles of the wife and the role of the husband (See Appendix C).
Week three of pre-marital sessions begin with a discussion on the previous homework assignment and answer any questions they may have. The Pastor will then lead them in a discussion of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in order to understand what love is and what it is not. How are these qualities exhibited in this couples relationship? The pastor is looking to discern the maturity of the couple, both spiritually and emotionally. This would also be a great time to discuss their individual and joint study of Scripture, perhaps even introducing them to the advantages of reading thru the Bible over the course of a year. The couple will be given homework of taking the 5 Love Languages Test which can be found online at www.afo.net/hftw-lovetest.asp or a hard copy will be given to them…

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