For the past week or two, I have been engrossed in a couple of teaching series by Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. Pastor Mark is an amazing author and teacher. He is very in tune with the world we live in and how pop culture and conformity has shaped our view of Jesus Christ and each other. He gives lots of relevant and practical advice on how to navigate through life and this journey with Christ.
I stumbled up his teaching series on the book of Ruth called Redeeming Ruth. I have read the book of Ruth plenty of times but never in as much detail and practicality as I did after listening to Pastor Mark’s sermons. He provided so much insight from the prospective of Ruth, a widowed Moabite woman to Boaz, a wealthy, older gentleman and God’s power of redemption and favor. He gave plenty of face time to both single men and women in a way that would leave one equipped with some sound advice instead of feeling like you didn’t quite measure up. I would HIGHLY recommend every single man and woman (even married couples) carve out some time to listen to the messages. I tend to be rather critical of pastors teaching about singles and courtship but he captured my attention from the beginning.
After getting my fill on how to “behave” as a single woman, I found myself diving into Pastor Mark’s teaching on the Song of Songs called The Peasant Princess. The Song of Songs is definitely “that book” of the Bible that would make anyone blush because of its descriptive detail about the joys of sex within the covenant of marriage. In the series, Pastor Mark breaks down each chapter and creatively uses the book to give some pretty solid advice to married couples on how to enjoy sex and intimacy and how to have a healthy marriage period. He also includes singles in the message so that they can be prepared for marriage and intimacy, minus the obstacles and hardships that can sometimes be prevented if proactive.
Now I must admit, I have not completely read the Song of Songs because of my desire “not to awaken love” before its time (cause it certainly will do that) but I am glad I took the time to check out this teaching. God certainly has me in this season of preparing myself for marriage by learning from other married people who have healthy and successful marriage. Pastor Mark and his wife Grace got married at 21 and have been married for about 20 years. The love and devotion he has for his wife and family is so evident and he is very open and candid about the ups and downs of marriage. I enjoy learning from people who don’t try to sugar coat marriage or create this false sense of perfection. I know that it is a beautiful thing but it is not without its trials. It’s always better to learn from someone who has already made the mistakes than to go blindly on my own and regret it later.