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Gospel-Centered Wedding Message

This weekend I performed a wedding. I was looking for a good gospel-centered wedding message. I ended up tailoring the message from CJ Mahaney’s Sex, Romance and the Glory of God from chapter 2: The Divine Purpose for Your Marriage. Feel free to grab the Wedding Message (Word Document).

…we have an incredible privilege of knowing the ultimate purpose for marriage. We can see that the purpose of marriage goes beyond personal fulfillment. The biblical purpose of marriage is not man-centered. It’s God’s centered. Your marriage is meant to point to the truth of the crucified and risen Savior who will return for his Bride, the church.

By the grace of God, your marriage is meant to be the best echo, the most faithful reflection of that relationship you can possibly be. It’s about being genuinely united in a strong, godly, intimate relationship that echoes the one between Christ and the Church.

Please don’t think of this as merely a helpful illustration or an interesting perspective. It’s much more than that. This is the essence of your marriage. This is the divine purpose of your marriage….

Anyone else have a gospel-centered wedding message they care to share?


  1. Hey bro!

    Love the blog. Just found it. Fellow church planter here and long-ago friend of Darrin Patrick from Acts 29.

    I’m going to put a link to your blog on mine which is

    Thanks for your words here!

  2. D. Goodmanson

    June 2, 2006 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Bill, I’ll keep an eye on your blog!

  3. I stumbled accross this blog because I am performing many weddings these days it seems, and I was looking for some new ideas. I, too, am very passionate about helping people do marriage right; which means beginning with the Gospel. Here is an excerpt of a wedding message I did a few years ago:

    It is interesting that God’s Word consistently explains to us that His idea of the marriage covenant and relationship is the same as Christ’s relationship and covenant to the church. He will “never leave us, never forsake us… but always love us, cherish, and protect us.”

    You may have noticed a word that I have already used a number of times today… the word “covenant.” There is a good reason for using that word. The vows you will exchange today are the beginning of a “covenant.”

    We hear a lot of talk today about marriage “contracts.” Unfortunately marriage was not designed to function as a contract, but as a covenant. In our culture we really do not have much of an understanding of what a covenant relationship is, so when we try to run our marriage with a contract mentality, we find that it simply doesn’t work. So in order to understand how a marriage was designed to work, we need to gain a better understanding of what a covenant relationship is like.

  4. Sorry for the double comment, I hit his the “send” button before I was finished.

    From that paragraph I did a brief exegisis of God’s use of covenants and how He designed marriage as a covenant. When the marriage relationship is seen as God sees it, it is actually one of the most incredible illustrations of the Gospel message. The married couple has the opportunity to be a walking, living, breathing, illustration for the Gospel of Christ and his covenant with His church.

    Thanks for the blog.

    By the way, I recently attended the Acts 29 Boot Camp in Orlando. I am a church planter in Ohio.

  5. Greetings from Ukraine!
    Thank you for sharing your Gospel-Centered Wedding Message.

    I had a privilege to conduct a wedding today. I knew that all the relatives and friends of Bride and Groom were lost and I wanted to present the Gospel during the wedding.

    Your message gave me an excellent idea on how to include the Gospel in a very natural way, without it becoming a second sermon.

    As a result, even one of the fiercest atheists has become exited about the message.

    God bless! Igor.

  6. Thanks. I pulled a good chunk of your word document. You write the way I talk. Thanks. I’m privileged to perform my 23-year-old son’s wedding in a month and wanted a nice, tight, clear, Gospel presentation and found it here. I appreciate you!
    Be of good cheer,

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