The King's Gardeners Ministries
Reverend S. L. Gardner
Spokane Valley, Washington US
Covenant Marriage Ceremony Quotes
Articles used by permission or are public domain
from text personally configured and personally performed in public ceremony
by then Rev. M. Charles Gardner
Promise Keepers Key man 1996-1997
Begin quote from actual ceremony - As I read Scripture from the fifth chapter of the Book of Ephesians, I want you to pay very close attention to the words stated here. They are the words, from God's Word, that the Holy Spirit will honor as we stand on them in faith.
The world has the idea that marriage is a simply legal contract. It is a legal contract we don't make light of that; but at the same time, it is a spiritual contract called covenant. When the words of faith are spoken according to the Word of God between two born-again believers, the power of God goes into operation. There is an actual miracle that takes place when the faith of these two people is released in God's power. God honors their faith and brings them into union together.
These questions were asked and answered.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior?
Have you received the Holy Spirit to dwell within you?
Now upon public profession of your faith, you have made known to all men that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is your Lord and your Savior.
I make this announcement before this congregation and these witnesses: When two people join themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, according to God's own words and God's own statement, they stand cleansed - as clean before God as Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before they sinned. This is not just a forgiveness of sin. The Bible says any man who is in Christ is a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new.
A miracle took place when you made Jesus the Lord of your life. The Holy Spirit used the very power of God - His creative power - to cause your spirit to be reborn. It is the same power that God used when He raised Jesus from the dead, and he joined you to Jesus by that power.
When two born-again believers come before God to be joined together as husband and wife, the Apostle Paul calls it "a mystery" and says. " but I speak concerning Christ and the Church." When you made Jesus the Lord of your lives, you were joined to Him. First Corinthians 6:17 says you are one spirit with Him.
I want you to understand that if you rightly discern the Body of Christ, then you rightly discern the miracle that takes place in marriage. Your spirits will be joined together and you will become one. You will not be one just in the eyes of the law. There is something much more powerful that happens. The very creative power of God will join you together. That same power that joined you with Jesus when you made Him your Lord will join you together.
Don't ever tamper with that union. The love of God doesn't say, "I love you, but do you really love me?" The love of God says very simply, "I love you." That's all it ever says. Don't ever tamper with that miracle. Don't ever let the sun go down on your wrath. Something holy, something beyond reproach, will take place by the Spirit of God inside your bosom; and it is a precious thing.
I want to speak to the witnesses here: Jesus said in the 18th chapter of Matthew's Gospel, "Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."
You are not here just because of tradition. You are here for a serious purpose - to bear witness forever of the miraculous union that will take place, and to add your agreement before God to that which takes place.
Don't ever, ever, tamper with that agreement. From this day forward, regardless of what comes, you are in agreement with this union. Don't ever attempt in any way to cause it to be anything other than a happy union.
In the eyes of Almighty God, these two people are washed in the blood of the Lamb - Jesus Christ of Nazareth. They have prayed and, before the Lord God Himself, they believe with all their hearts that it is the perfect will of God for them to be joined together in the spirit. They have made their decision, so from now until the end of this age, I charge you to do everything in your power to see that this union remains solid and strong and happy and prosperous.
Woe be to any person who would tamper with it and cause it to be anything other than prosperous in the eyes of God. This is a miraculous thing, and it is of God.
The vows -
___ do you take ___ as your wife, as your own flesh, to love her even as Christ loves the Church, to protect her and care for her the rest of your lives?
Response is yes
Then turn to her and make this profession of your faith.
I _________, according to the Word of God, leave my father and my mother and I join myself to you, to be a husband to you. From this moment forward, we shall be one.
___ do you take ___ as your husband, submitting yourself to him as unto the Lord?
Response I do
Then turn to him and make this profession of your faith.
I _______, according to the Word of God, submit myself to you, to be a wife to you. From this moment forward, we shall be one.
Presentation of Rings
A ring is a very precious thing - a token of your faith and your love. This ring is made out of precious metal. It is a never-ending circle that indicates the continuing love of God - a love that never fails, never presents itself haughty nor puffed up. The love of God and the faith of God is what causes His power to move in your lives.
I want you to wear these rings as a continual reminder of your faith, a continual reminder of the confession of faith you have made to each other and to God.
The Word of God says, "Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Give satan no place! This is forever.
Take this ring, place it on her finger and say this to her. With this ring, I thee wed. It is a token of my love for you and a token of my faith that I release now, in Jesus Name.
To groom - A ring can mean two different things. It can be a never-ending sign of love, or it can be a shackle. I am going to charge you with a memory you should remember always: This woman stands by your side, not under your feet. You have the responsibility of being the spiritual head of this union. I want you to wear this ring in remembrance that she is your helpmate, your adequate and equal counterpart. It must never be a shackle of dominance, but always a reminder of faith and love.
To Bride- I want you to place this ring on his finger with these things in mind. There is no place in the Word of God that gives people the right to dominate one another. Your vows have stated that you submit to one another in the responsibilities of this life, expecting God and His power to always make the difference. So place this ring on his finger and, as you do, say this to him: With this ring, I thee wed. I give it as a token of my faith. I believe with all my heart that this is forever. It is my love and my faith, in the Name of Jesus.
To the bride and groom. - Please join right hands
As a representative of Jesus Christ, before Almighty God and in the Name of the Father, of His Son Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, I now pronounce you one together. You are now husband and wife.
Both of you as believers have received the communion table in the past. You know what it means, but I want to remind you that we live under a covenant with God. This covenant was ratified by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary.
Now we see something new that has never existed before. When
each of you was born again, you became a new creature in Christ. The two of
you together have become a new creature in Christ because you are now one. When
you agree on things, they will come to pass. You have an awesome power at your
disposal. You are going to notice a new realm of your life beginning because
of the spiritual law that says one can put a thousand to flight; two can put
then thousand to flight. From this time forward, your everyday life will be
10,000 times more powerful spiritually than ever before. - end quote then Reverend M. Charles Gardner
Then Rev. M. C. Gardner served Holy communion and spoke the bridal blessing. That blessing is from Deuteronomy 28 and has a condition for the blessing. If the condition is not followed the opposite will happen as outlined there.
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