TPMS is convinced of the goodness of marriage in God’s design – between a man and a woman, each made wonderfully for the other.
Marriage is a unique relationship, involving deep serving and giving from each partner. It offers the potential for some of the greatest joys in human experience, and also the possibility of great pain.
In God’s design, marriage doesn’t exist for its own sake, but as a signpost that points to the profound love and unity of heart and mind that exists between Christ and his people (his Bride, the ‘church’ – Ephesians 5:25-33). That unity was won by Christ, through his humble death for his Bride, and the grace of his rich forgiveness, freely given to her. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, this grace of Christ changes hearts and minds. All this makes a marriage very precious indeed and is intended to be a living testimony to Christ’s and his gospel.
Sometimes, because of the deep human fallenness and sin, we each bring to the relationship, marriages break down. The Bible recognises this reality.
TPMS is committed to the high value of marriage. Wherever possible and appropriate, we are committed to the reconciliation of the partners in their day to day relationship with each other. And wherever possible and appropriate, we will work hard for the restoration of the marriage itself. We recognise that sometimes these things are not possible or appropriate for various reasons, but that is our hope.