DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
We believe that God instituted marriage as an earthly picture of Christ’s relationship with the church (Ephesians 5:22–32). We also
believe that He created marriage to be the foundation of a strong church and stable society. It was His intent, as stated in the Bible,
that the marriage covenant should be between a man and a woman for a lifetime.
God never intended for the marriage relationship to function without His involvement. We believe that the most successful marriages
are those that are Christ-centered and where each spouse is submitted to God and His principles for biblical marriage. We believe
every couple needs the full measure of God’s grace in their relationship, as well as training and relational encouragement, to have a
successful, lifelong marriage.
Our desire is for the church to be a place where marriage relationships are nurtured and strengthened. Gateway Church will do
everything possible to encourage couples to fulfill their covenant commitment in marriage. We will provide Gateway Groups for
every couple, whether they have a struggling marriage or a healthy marriage, to learn how to strengthen their marriages in godly ways.
We will offer couples loving support and accountability to aid in their success. We will give them pastoral support and biblical
counseling as they work through issues on their way to a fulfilling marriage relationship.
Problems to be Addressed
In our society, couples encounter pressure and temptation from an increasing variety of sources, many of which discourage couples
from fulfilling their covenant marriage commitment. Many couples lack the training and tools to have successful marriages. As a
result, divorce rates in our nation are at a historical high. Hundreds of thousands of couples are ending their marriages each year. In
many cases, the results of these divorces are devastating to all involved. The effects of divorce are widespread and are particularly
damaging to the most vulnerable among us—our chil