Here are the vows that many of the husbands and wives of Southbridge exchanged today:
Wives: I vow to honor and respect my husband, as an act unto the Lord. I promise to be faithful to him, to speak well of him, and to help him lead our family. I vow to willingly submit to his leadership.
I believe our marriage is to be a picture of the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ for lost sinners like me. I promise to submit to the Spirit of God and allow Him to lead me in my relationship with my husband, understanding we both have a mission of sharing the love of Jesus with a lost world, and knowing that part of that mission is uniquely carried out in our relationship.
Husbands: I vow to love my wife as Jesus loves His church. I promise to be faithful to her, to protect her, and to provide for her.
I believe our marriage is about more than we see on a daily basis. I believe our marriage is to be a picture of the gospel, seen by how we relate to one another. I realize I have a high calling to love my wife like Jesus Christ loves the church. I vow to give myself to my wife with the same kind of selflessness Jesus demonstrated in giving Himself for me. I promise to submit to the Spirit of God, as I lead my wife spiritually to present her before Jesus as a beautiful woman without wrinkle or blemish, as close to Jesus as I can possibly lead her. I vow to love my wife as Jesus loves me. I promise to live in a marriage on mission to share Jesus with a lost world, by sacrificially and selflessly loving my wife and looking out for her best interest above my own.