What’s your favorite song?
One reason it’s probably your favorite is because you enjoy hearing the vocals of the lead singer. But more than you realize, another cast of characters is 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 every marriage had backing singers? Imagine a church where every follower of Jesus served as a backing singer to someone’s marriage – a chorus of voices uniting to strengthen the marriages of everyone around them.
Bringing a vision of that magnitude to fruition is a significant undertaking. It requires commitment from church leadership. It especially requires buy-in from its people. We don’t want couples who are struggling to hear, “Go talk to somebody else.” We want them to hear, “How can I help you?”
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 him to speak about it at one of our staff chapels. His message was so encouraging and insightful that we want to share it with you today on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Encouraging Marriages in Your Sphere of Influence.”
Speaking from the Song of Solomon, Ted shares funny and engaging insights about how we can all become stronger advocates for the marriages of our family members, our friends, and those in our community.
The world is watching Christian marriages. Do we treat our spouses differently? 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?
Before I close, I’d like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Ted’s book A Love That Laughs: Lighten Up, Cut Loose, and Enjoy Life Together as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).