Married for Life
Marriages receive new vision.
Married for Life is a 12-week home Bible study for married couples created by 2=1, formerly known as Marriage Ministries International. Based on God's original blueprint for marriage, Married for Life has been taught for over 20 years in more than 90 nations.
To minister life and fulfillment to marriages and to train couples to work together as a powerful team, sharing the truth of God's word with other couples.
Each week, couples learn a scriptural principle that, when applied, effects profound changes in their relationship. Weekly homework must be completed together.
Week 1 - The Power of Covenant
Week 2 - The Power of 2=1
Week 3 - The Power of Synergism
Week 4 - The Power of Sowing and Reaping
Week 5 - The Power of Forgiveness
Week 6 - The Power of Faith
Week 7 - The Power of Spiritual Intimacy
Week 8 - The Power of Agreement
Week 9 - The Power of Physical Intimacy
Week 10 - The Power of Spiritual Warfare
Week 11 - The Power of Transformation
Week 12 - The Power of One
Week 13 - Outreach Party
Each Married for Life group has 5 student couples, one leader couple and one leader-in-training couple. The group meets weekly at a pre-arranged time and run for 2 hours. Meetings include:
Praise and worship
Individual sharing from previous week's homework
New lesson taught by leaders or leaders-in-training
DETAILED COURSE CONTENTS
THE POWER OF COVENANT
Is your marriage a covenant or a contract? Do you know the difference?
This lesson aims to give couples a deeper understanding of the meaning and power of covenant, the blessings contained in covenant relationship with God, and the benefits of marriage covenant available to those in Christ.
THE POWER OF 2=1
How do two become one? Learn if you're helping or hindering the process.
To help couples gain an understanding of what "one-flesh" was created to be, how the original plan of God was interrupted at the fall of man, and that Jesus has redeemed couples back to the original plan for marriage.
THE POWER OF SYNERGISM
What is a wife supposed to do? How about a husband?
The answers may surprise you. For each spouse to understand HIS or HER specific call of God, based on the biblical role model of Christ and His church.
THE POWER OF SOWING AND REAPING
Things don't just happen by accident. Learn the connection between today's actions and tomorrow's outcome.
To help couples become aware of the constant process of sowing and reaping in our marriage. To learn how to select good seed and what to do with poor crops.
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Is it really possible to forgive? Under what circumstances? How many times?
To understand the true meaning of forgiveness, recognize the absolute necessity to forgive, and to learn HOW to forgive.
THE POWER OF FAITH
Sometimes you're just looking at each other through the wrong lenses. Learn how to improve your vision.
To help couples understand what a faith vision is, and how to develop one for each other and for their one-flesh relationship.
THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL INTIMACY
Don't skip this important step on your way to the bedroom.
For couples to understand why and how they should pray together, and to flow as one-flesh in the Holy Spirit.
THE POWER OF AGREEMENT
Don't think you'll ever agree? This lesson may surprise you.
To help couples realize the reason we are called to agree, to learn what agreement God's way means, and to learn how to come into agreement God's way.
THE POWER OF PHYSICAL INTIMACY
Your sex life will never be the same again after this lesson.
To help couples understand the importance of their physical union as man and wife, to gain insight into God's purpose for sexual intercourse, and to learn how to develop and enhance the physical realm of our relationship.
THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Learn to fight the right way. Identify your enemy, choose your weapons.
To teach couples to fight spiritual warfare as one-flesh. To heighten awareness of the on-going spiritual battle in which we are engaged, to familiarize couples with their weapons and their usage, and to detect enemy attack before it happens.
THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION
Make the changes last! Learn how to ensure that what you've started won't stop.
To aid couples in co-ordinating all of the tools they have received in Married for Life module to continue growing in their marriage as God intends, to express the importance of ridding their marriage of hidden sin, and to give them a blueprint upon which they can build their powerhouse home.
THE POWER OF ONE
Going beyond the status quo. You're a team now, make the most of it!
To challenge couples to give out of what they have received, to present future alternatives to couples, and to provide an opportunity for final ministry to them as a group.
Couples invite their friends and share their testimony of relationship growth.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MARRIED FOR LIFE
WHO CAN ATTEND A GROUP?
Married for Life groups are for married couples who are willing to work on their marriage together.
HOW CAN WE GET INTO A MARRIED FOR LIFE GROUP?
To join a Married for Life group, 3 ways to do that. You can either attend an outreach party or you may contact our administrator at +65 8613 4392 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW LONG DOES EACH MARRIED FOR LIFE GROUP LAST?
Each group lasts 12 weeks and is followed by an Outreach Party to which you can invite family and friends.
CAN COUPLES JOIN ANYTIME DURING THE 12 WEEKS?
No. The group is closed to new members during the 12 weeks. This provides continuity as well as confidentiality for group members. Each group consists of up to 7 couples including the leaders.
IS THERE A FEE?
The registration fee is S$100 per couple for the entire course. The registration fee is kept nominal so that no couple is prevented from attending a group due to financial constraints. In addition, a freewill offering is taken each week during the group meeting.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM A GROUP?
Married for Life groups are not counseling sessions. Each week a specific scriptural principle is taught that when applied to your marriage, will transform your relationship. Each lesson is accompanied by homework that reinforces the principle taught in the group. The degree to which a couple is committed to working on their marriage is the degree to which they will see changes.
WHO TEACHES THESE GROUPS?
Each group is lead by a Lead Couple and a Leader-in-Training Couple. They have undergone rigorous training and must participate in ongoing training and discipling to be 2=1 leaders. Each couple must be recommended by their pastors and have a good relationship with their local church.
HOW CAN WE FIND OUT ABOUT A GROUP NEAR US?
Check out the Contact Us section of this website. They can get you in touch with the group nearest you.
WHAT IF MY HUSBAND OR WIFE DOESN'T WANT TO ATTEND A GROUP WITH ME?
Couples must attend groups together. If your spouse is not willing to do this, there are other alternatives open to you. We have excellent tapes and books that will minister to you. You can find them on our Resources section. We also recommend other ministries that minister to individuals whose spouses will not work with them on their marriage. Check them out on our Resources section.
OUR MARRIAGE IS IN BIG TROUBLE, CAN WE GET ANY IMMEDIATE HELP? WHAT'S THE WAITING PERIOD FOR THE MFL CLASS?
The waiting period depends on where you live. Contact Us to find out who you can reach for more information.
LEADERSHIP / COACHING COUPLES TRAINING
HOW CAN WE TRAIN TO LEAD A MARRIED FOR LIFE GROUP?
There are two ways: you may be trained during an intensive training weekend or you can be trained as a Leaders-in-Training during a 12-week class
WHO SHOULD WE CONTACT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS?
Contact Us to discuss the qualifications for leadership and any information you need regarding 2=1 Marriage Ministries leadership training.
OTHER MINISTRY AVAILBABLE TO COUPLES
WHAT OTHER MINISTRY IS AVAILABLE TO COUPLES THROUGH 2=1 MARRIAGE MINISTRIES?
2=1 Marriage Ministries conducts marriage seminars in co-operation with churches around Asia. If your pastor is interested in such a seminar, have him or her contact us today.
The 2=1 also has excellent tapes and books that will awaken a dead marriage, enliven a boring one, heal a wounded one, and strengthen a good one. In addition, 2=1 offers tapes and books from other marriage ministries as well as lovely gifts for couples. Check them out on our Resources section