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What is An Intimate Covenant? We chose to title our material An Intimate Covenant to reflect two important concepts that God teaches about marriage — intimacy and covenant relationship.

The marriage relationship is a covenant. This is in contrast to the idea of a contractual agreement where each party actively negotiates to obtain an outcome that best serves himself. Instead, covenant connotes deep relationship, complete self-sacrifice and permanence under the authority and blessing of God.

Further, God’s picture of the ideal marriage is one of complete intimacy. In the beginning, after all of God’s “very good” creation was established and ordered, God placed man and woman in the Garden of Eden and established the marriage relationship. There, before sin had spoiled their relationship with God and each other, He describes that perfect union, “And the man and his wife were both naked and not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)
THIS is the marriage relationship that God intended — to know and to be known, fully without shame: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

This is the marriage relationship that is possible through the forgiveness, redemption and restoration of the blood of Jesus Christ!

About

We are Matt & Jenn Schmidt. We are not marriage “experts” or licensed counselors. Matt is a veterinary specialist and Jenn is a homeschooling super-mom.  In nearly 20 years of marriage, we have struggled through obstacles created by others and of our own doing. However, by the grace of God and through His plan, today we fully enjoy a marriage relationship that is truly intimate and solid.

While our marriage often falls short of perfect unity, we want others to know the full joy and fulfillment that we share. Further, we are certain that the Lord’s church needs solid marriages with individuals that are founded on and motivated by knowing the fullness of true sacrificial love found only in godly marriage. Throughout our marriage we have found great joy and satisfaction in helping mentor other married (and engaged) couples in their journey toward the height of fulfillment that comes from a marriage built on God’s plan.

An Intimate Covenant was developed as a married couples Bible study that grew from the lessons we have learned about building a solid, lasting, fulfilling and glorifying marriage. Beginning with establishing marriage principles from creation and the gospel, our purpose is to help married couples learn to build solid, lasting and true intimacy in marriage and overcome Satan’s obstacles in the process. We explore four dimensions of marital intimacy: Spiritual, Emotional, Mental & Physical. Our aim is to teach married couples in the church to reflect the glory and true intimacy of the marriage of Christ and His Bride.

The purpose of this website is to provide an extension of the class through which we can openly publish and archive materials that we have written about the marriage relationship. Whether you have participated in the class or not, you are invited to join us here by reading and commenting. We pray that, with your participation and God’s blessing, this forum will be informative, challenging, interactive and fun, with open and frank discussion about marriage and the real-life obstacles we all face. 

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