Couples Studies

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence

By John Piper

Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons.

Even in the days when people commonly stayed married “’til death do us part,” there has never been a generation whose view of marriage was high enough, says Pastor John Piper. That is all the more true in our casual times.

Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God’s purpose, it is found in God’s Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.”

This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

Download a PDF of the book here: This Momentary Marriage 

Length: 15 chapters

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

By Timothy Keller

The Meaning of Marriage is an excellent read for married couples and singles alike. Tim Keller bases the book on Ephesians chapter 5 and combines essential biblical truth with an emphasis on current secular/cultural perspectives of marriage in the US today, which leads to many examples of how far culture has come from the principles God gives in the Bible.  There is no study guide so the leader would need to create questions for each chapter.

Length: 8 Chapters/8 Weeks

Marriage Without Regrets

By Kay Arthur
Format: Study Guide
Length: 14 chapter book

When Sinners Say I Do

By Dave Harvey

The study guide has questions for you as an individual, questions for the couple and questions for the small group.

Additionally, Sue Langlie, the Tysons Director of Weekend Ministry Teams and her husband Gordy created a study supplement with questions for the first 8 weeks (they used it in an 8 week group).  When Sinners Say I Do Guide

imarriage

By Andy Stanley

For Young Married Couples

Length: 6 weeks

Love & Respect

By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

This revolutionary message based on Ephesians cracks the communication code between husband and wife: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. This is a powerful study for every couple.

Format: Book and DVD series
This study is available to rent for MBC Tysons Groups. Please contact tysonssmallgroups@mcleanbible.org.

The Power of a Praying Husband

By Stormie Omartian
Format: No study guide included
Length: 20 chapter book

The Power of a Praying Wife

By Stormie Omartian
Format: Study Guide
Length: 30 weeks

Seven Conflicts of Marriage

By Tim and Joy Downs

The Seven Conflicts is an excellent resource for equipping couples to learn to understand the true nature of their conflicts and deal with them in a way that will actually help their marital fulfillment. Couples will learn to identify their mutual dreams, put differences into perspective, understand each other’s underlying motives, and work together as partners who are more in love than ever.