What’s your favorite song?
The reason it’s your favorite is probably because you enjoy the vocals of the lead singer. But perhaps more than you think about, you also enjoy the song because of a cast of characters who some would say are just as important as the lead: the backing singers.
Their chorus of voices harmonize with the lead and give the song a beauty, richness, and texture the main vocalist could never achieve alone.
What if marriages had backing singers?
Imagine a church where every member, every follower of Jesus, was a backing singer. We’d have a chorus of voices that would unite to strengthen the marriages of everyone around them. Even singles can be strong backers of the married couples they know.
That vision for the church is a significant undertaking. It requires commitment for a church to inspire that kind of ministry in the hearts of its people.
We don’t want couples who are struggling to approach someone in our congregations and get a “Go talk to that guy over there” response. We want that couple to get a “How can I help you?” from as many people around them as possible.
We want our churches to be filled with backing singers.
Ted Cunningham – the pastor for Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri – has a vision for his church like that.
We invited Ted to speak at our staff chapel just a few months ago. One of our goals here at Focus on the Family is to help support and strengthen your marriage and to give you the tools you need to grow as a couple. Ted’s message was so encouraging and insightful that we want to share it with you today.
Speaking from the Song of Solomon, Ted shares insights about how we can all become stronger advocates for the marriages of our family members, our friends, and those in our community.
Ted is funny and engaging, and he has some great things to say. The world is watching Christian marriages. Are we any different in how we treat each other? Do we uphold the commitments we made in our wedding vows? Are we a good witness of God’s forgiveness and grace in our families?