Had an opportunity this week to spend some time with a great new study from Craig and Amy Groeschel. From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage is based on a message series delivered at LifeChurch in 2012 and is a very powerful experience. The core idea? “Your key to a joyful, life-giving marriage begins with you completely understanding this one simple phrase: “I, [your name here], take you [your spouse's name here], to have and to hold, from this day forward.”
Known for his highly practical and application-oriented teaching style, From This Day Forward is packed with takeaways. The five principles taught in this study are:
- Seek God
- Fight Fair
- Have Fun
- Stay Pure
- Never Give Up
DVD-driven, every session is set up with an opening conversation between Craig and Amy Groeschel and then cuts to footage from the message series delivered live at LifeChurch.tv. One of America’s most dynamic communicators, these sessions are action packed and easily capture and hold attention. Just the right length, the sessions average 16 to 19 minutes.
The study guide is easy to use and will help group members dig into this extremely important topic. A very thorough video teaching guide is included for every session, making note taking and capturing key points easy. The video discussion and Bible exploration section is well-written and will help everyone engage. I really like the combination of questions that prompt discussion about everyday life and questions that practically explore relevant Bible passages.
The study guide also includes between sessions content that encourages a continued pursuit of the topic through the following week. There is also a reference to the related chapters from Craig and Amy Groeschel’s book by the same title.
Although there isn’t a leader’s guide, this is a simple study with powerful implications. The study is well-designed and should be easily facilitated by both brand new leaders and leaders with lots of experience.
This is a great study! Very powerful and practical, it has real potential to be a study that will greatly impact the married and engaged couples in your church. I really like From This Day Forward and I think you will too.
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