Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: Practical Pursuits

Previously I shared about God’s heart for marriage and sexuality, rooting our thinking in God’s Word (See “Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: The Theological Foundation”). Applying God’s realities in our hearts and lives begins by reading and understanding Scripture. The Bible presents a clear perspective on how marriage and sex point to God’s redeeming work in the eternal marriage of Jesus Christ and the Church.

Marriage is a common Bible study topic, but sexual intimacy sounds a bit more intimidating—and intriguing! It was a first for my small-town church in 2018 when we saw a bulletin announcement for a Bible study on sex. Before long I was participating in the video and book material called Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making? by Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery (2013, Moody Publishers). With a group of married women ranging from a mom with an infant (me!) to retired grandmas, we worked through the study on reclaiming God’s design for sex. (Note: the material can also be done independently.) This week as I share practical encouragement that I have gleaned from a few resources, I invite you to consider how fostering sexual intimacy in your marriage plays a key role in faithfully loving your pastor-husband.

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About Nicole Martin

Nicole is married to Trevor, who serves as co-pastor with another pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in the small town of Emo, Ontario, Canada. She grew up in rural Manitoba and attended Briercrest College (Saskatchewan), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. Nicole joined the ranks of pastors’ wives when the couple moved to northwestern Ontario in Fall 2015. Nicole’s opportunities to serve the Lord and people around her are taking on new dimensions as she and Trevor experience vocational ministry together and persevere in parenting their two preschool girls with the third one on the way! She particularly enjoys hosting with her family and connecting with other moms one-on-one.