11th June 2015
At our elders’ meeting recently, we discussed at some length our theological and pastoral position on divorce and remarriage. This is a sobering yet important issue in the light of the increasing number of divorces in our society. According to figures published in 2012 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a staggering 42% of marriages in England and Wales now end in divorce. Tragically, almost half of these involve children under 16 years of age (ONS, 2012). It is always extremely sad when a marriage, which started out with such joy and high expectations, ends in the tragedy of separation or divorce.
God always intended marriage to be a lifetime commitment for the mutual benefit of both men and women and the ideal place for children to be raised. It is one of the many reasons Deb and I enjoy speaking on our Marriage Course and also at the annual seminar Sex, Romance and God, taking place on Saturday 27th June. All marriages will come under pressure occasionally but by spending time investing in our relationships, we can help to protect and strengthen them. The seminar looks at the important subject of sexual intimacy and romance, considering God’s view and how men and women may approach these things differently. So if you are married, why not take a moment to sign up now.
This Sunday I am looking forward to speaking on the ministry and message of reconciliation as we continue with our Power in Weakness series. As always, I look forward to seeing you there.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.