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1 Realize You Are “One Flesh”
2 Focus on Changes You Should Make
3 Throw Yourself into Your Marriage
4 Commit to Your Marriage
5 Forgive Your Spouse
6 Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
If you wish for a deeper and more satisfying marriage, there is hope
Why are many people disappointed in their marriage? After all, most marriages start out with two people who are certain they will have a wonderful marriage. However, as the years go by, many never experience the passionate, joyful marriage they expected.
After helping hundreds of thousands of families, Doug Britton, a Marriage and Family Therapist, radio co-host, seminar speaker, and Bible teacher, explains a key reason for marriage problems. He writes that most couples don’t know how to create a Bible-based marriage.
Thousands of years ago, the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). That statement is true of marriages today. That’s why Laying a Solid Foundation is so important. It helps couples build their marriage on the word of God, not on our culture’s ever-changing ideas.
Laying a Solid Foundation enriches strong marriages and strengthens hurting marriages. Regardless of your situation, there is hope — the sure hope that comes from God’s word, the Bible.
Every marriage is a work in progress
Are all marriages in trouble? Of course not, but every marriage is a work in progress. You may be looking for a minor tuneup to make a good marriage better. On the other hand, you may need a major overhaul. Whatever your situation, the Bible-based guidelines in this book will transform your marriage.
In these pages, you will learn —
- What it means to be “one flesh”
- Common reasons Christians have marriage problems
- Why self-confrontation is key to creating a great marriage
- The most important thing to focus on to create a great marriage
- The most important thing not to focus on for a great marriage
- Compelling reasons for committing to your marriage
- Why divorce is almost always a bad idea
- How to apologize without making things worse
- How to forgive your spouse
- The importance of enthusiasm
As you study, you will read the stories of many couples. Even if it’s hard to imagine going through some of their trials, their stories will help you in your day-to-day life, and they will prepare you for possible challenges you may face down the road.
This book is biblical, practical, and easy to read
“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout Laying a Solif Foundation to help you apply its Bible-based advice in your marriage. It is comprehensive, yet reader-friendly.
Memory verses invite action. Each chapter begins with a memory verse, since memorizing God’s word changes our hearts and helps us follow his ways.
It is ideal for individuals, couples, and small groups
You can read Laying a Solid Foundation on your own, with your spouse, or in a small group. It is perfect for a six-week study.
Guidelines for small group leaders and discussion questions for each chapter can be found at the back of the book. (Read more about using this book in a small group or church marriage ministry.)
This book is part of the “Marriage by the Book” series
You can study Laying a Solid Foundation on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Marriage by the Book” series. Although these books bulid on each other, each book stands as a complete book by itself.
The eight books are —
- Laying a Solid Foundation
- Making Christ the Cornerstone
- Encouraging Your Spouse
- Extending Grace to Your Mate
- Talking with Respect and Love
- Improving Your Teamwork
- Putting Money in its Place
- Celebrating Intimacy and Romance