Making Christ the Cornerstone
The Bible says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). This practical, cross-cultural marriage book will help you center your marriage in Christ and enjoy his blessings. The biblical guidelines in these pages will help even if your spouse is not a believer or is unwilling to follow God’s word.
This Bible-based marriage book is part of Doug Britton’s eight-book “Marriage by the Book” series. It can be read on its own or as part of the series.
Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 158 pages.
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God and You — as an Individual
1 Put God First in Your Personal Life
2 Pray by Yourself for Your Marriage
God and You — as a Couple
3 Pray Together Every Day
4 Invite Jesus into Your Everyday Lives
5 Spend Time with Other Christian Couples
6 Serve God Together
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
What is the most important thing you can do to make a great marriage?
The Bible gives us a clue when it says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). In other words, the more you allow God to be the Lord of your marriage, the more rewarding and earthquake-proof it will be.
Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist Doug Britton writes that after successfully counseling couples, he often asks what one thing helped most. The most common answer couples give is learning practical ways to center their marriage in the Lord and how to pray together as a couple.
Couples add that when they center their marriage in the Lord, they are much better prepared to discuss their communication patterns, forgiveness, finances, intimacy, and other key areas of marriage.
In Making Christ the Cornerstone, you will discover —
- How your Christian walk affects your life together
- How to tune up your own walk with Christ
- How to set spiritual priorities in your marriage
- Key ways to pray together every day
- How to escape being uncomfortable when praying out loud
- Ways to make room for Jesus in your daily lives
- Suggestions for ways to connect with other Christian couples
- How your individual spiritual gifts can work together
If your spouse is unwilling to center your marriage in the Lord —
Don’t be discouraged, angry, or bitter. The insights in this Christian marriage book will help you become the best possible spouse you can be, and they will help you leave your husband or wife in God’s hands. God is faithful. As you grow in him, he will bless you in ways you cannot imagine.
Making Christ the Cornerstone is practical and easy to read
“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout this book to help you put its biblical advice into practice. It is practical, comprehensive, and easy to use.
Memory verses invite action. Each chapter in Making Christ the Cornerstone 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
Making Christ the Cornerstone is pefect for a six-week study by individual couples or in small group settings.
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 Making Christ the Cornerstone 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
In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:
Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.
Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.
Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.
Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.
Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.
Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.
Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.
“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:
- Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
- Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
- Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.
This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.
Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.
He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.
Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.
Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.
More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.
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