God designed marriage to be a partnership
God’s goal is for Christian marriages to enjoy an intimate unity. Although there are differences in the roles of husband and wife, neither is the “boss” in the way so many dread. Rather, each seeks to please the other, while gladly acknowledging the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible defines different roles for husband and wife
Some Christians say, “It’s easy. The husband is the head (leader) and makes the decisions. His wife must submit to what he says.” It doesn’t take much Bible study to realize this simplistic idea of headship does not capture God’s big picture.
Other Christians go the opposite direction, looking for ways to discount Scriptures that define the husband’s and wife’s roles. They too miss God’s plan.
In Improving Your Teamwork, you will discover —
- God sees you as a team and he expects teamwork
- God is the owner and coach of your Christian team (marriage)
- The importance of mutual submission
- The roles of husband and wife
- The difference between dictatorship and servant leadership
- What “submission” means — and what it doesn’t
- Ways to practice teamwork in your daily lives
- Steps to follow when making decisions
- The importance of mutual love
- How to troubleshoot problems in your teamwork
The cross-cultural truths in these pages will challenge you
Whether you already have a grasp of basic biblical principles, don’t know what God’s word says about this subject, or are struggling to break free from misinformation, you will discover the freedom that comes from knowing and applying the wisdom in the Bible.
Study with your spouse. Yet if your mate doesn’t want to study, don’t be discouraged. Study by yourself. The insights you learn about your role, along with practical steps you can take, will make a big difference in your marriage.
This book is biblical, practical, and easy to read
“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout Improving Your Teamwork 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 Improving Your Teamwork 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 are 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 Improving Your Teamwork 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