Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: The Theological Foundation

 “Mom, when I grow up I am going to be a woman. Then I can use a big toothbrush like you!” 

For a stretch it seemed like we were talking about bodies and gender every day with our three-year-old. She is going through a phase of deep interest in her sexuality. Her questions and comments are a springboard to the Bible and God, so I love it. Fortunately my palms have not gotten too sweaty yet from alarming questions. My biggest concern is withholding laughs when she envies my toothbrush!

I, too, have questions about the privileges and responsibilities of being a woman. For one, is God really that interested in the quality or quantity of romance and sexual intimacy in my marriage as long as I am true to my one husband? My recent study on marriage and sexuality has surprised me (the good kind) by how central these themes are in Scripture and, yes, how much our Maker does care. As I summarize some of what I have learned in my reading I hope to direct you to the first and ultimate source for instruction in righteousness—God’s Word. In this first entry I want to solidify our understanding of the biblical foundation of marriage and sexuality on which all applications should be built. In the second entry I hope to encourage you with gems of wisdom and practical pointers from my reading that have helped me in my own marriage.

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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.