Wedding Policy

WeddingThe Session of Christ Alone Church begins with the proposition that marriage is a holy institution, ordained by God from the beginning in the garden.

Its purpose, its sanctity and the depth of the required commitment were reemphasized by Jesus Christ, who instructed that the two, who become one flesh, are never supposed to be divorced, and that adultery is a destructive sin to the marriage relationship.

We believe that Christian marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman, founded on your commitment to Jesus Christ. Therefore, those joined in this union are ones who have professed Christ and who have a close relationship with the church, such as membership of bride, groom, and/or parents, through pastoral relationships, or through active involvement in our church community.

We consider that wedding services are worship services before God, conducted in His honor according to His Word. We seek to please Him in these services, both for the joy of worshiping Him in celebration, and in order to be able to ask Him to bless the marriage.

Policy

Introduction:

This is a policy statement based on the beliefs of Christ Alone Church regarding Christian marriage.

What We Believe About Christian Marriage:

We at Christ Alone Church believe that marriage is an institution ordained by God, and intended as a lifelong union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a gift from God designed to both glorify Him and to bless us. As such, marriage provides “for the mutual help of husband and wife and for the development of their moral and spiritual character, and for the propagation of children who are to be reared in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (EPC Book of Worship §5-1).

Our belief is based on the teaching of the Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments and begins with the account of creation in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 in which God created man in his own image, both male and female. This portion of Scripture also provides that a unity of one man and one woman is necessary to fully represent the image of God in mankind. The complementary, relational nature of the human race as “male and female” reflects the created order given by God when he created human beings “in His image.”

Jesus Christ himself reaffirms this teaching when as recorded in Matthew 19: 4-6, he answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate” (ESV).

The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 5: 22-32 that marriage is not merely a human institution, but it is a special divine metaphor that is supposed to illustrate the union of Jesus Christ and the church…His church. For this reason also, only a union between one man and one woman can properly illustrate the relationship between Christ and His church.

Christ Alone Church follows and will follow what the Bible, the true Word of God, reveals about marriage. The Church is called to teach and practice these teachings and is not at liberty to depart from these teachings for any authority which comes in conflict with God’s clear design for our lives.

Therefore:

Christ Alone Church Policy On Marriage:

It is our policy that the facilities of Christ Alone Church may not be used for any ceremony that in any way approves of, solemnizes, supports or allows any union that is not between one man and one woman. It is also our policy that no pastor or member of Christ Alone Church staff shall officiate at any ceremony designed to approve of, solemnize, support or allow such a union. Nor may any member of Christ Alone Church enter into such a union without being subject to church discipline. Furthermore, a civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by Christ Alone Church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of marriage found in this policy statement.

Who May Be Married At Christ Alone Church:

We believe that Christian marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman, founded on your commitment to Jesus Christ. Therefore, those joined in this union are ones who have professed Christ and who have a close relationship with the church, such as membership of bride, groom, and/or parents, through pastoral relationships, or through active involvement in our church community.

Act Of Worship:

We consider that wedding services are worship services before God, conducted in His honor according to His Word. We seek to please Him in these services, both for the joy of worshiping Him in celebration, and in order to be able to ask Him to bless the marriage.

Questions:

The entire Wedding Policy may be downloaded in PDF format. The Preliminary Questionnaire/Premarital Counseling Guidelines and the Wedding Request and Information Form may also be downloaded in Word format. For more information about our wedding policy or to schedule an initial interview with Pastor Tromble, please contact the church office at (920) 857-3231.

(Session approved 07-2014)

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