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Keywords: THE ROLE OF PREMARITAL COUNSELING AND ITS EFFECTS ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
Premarital counseling is usually a requirement for marriage when a couple chooses to marry in a religious institution. The research method includes both library and fieldwork. Information was gathered from Books, Journals, Bible Commentaries, internet, Encyclopedia, interviews and the Dictionaries. In addition, questionnaire was administered and oral interview were conducted. The researcher therefore recommends that pastors should make the premarital counseling program compulsory for the Christians intending couples to reduce the rate of marriage divorce that is rampant in some Christian marriages today and in the society. The researcher also recommended that churches should provide a marriage committee in their churches to make necessary investigation about the intending couples before joining them together.
TABLE OF CONTENT
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Definition and Types of Counseling
2.2 The Concept, Purpose and Benefit of Counseling
2.3 Counseling Arrangement and Techniques of Counseling
2.4 Qualification of a Counselor and Characteristics of an Effective Counselor
2.5 Definition, Purpose, Expectations and Results of Marriage
2.6 Definition and Benefits of Christian Marriage
2.7 Principles and Purpose for Christian Marriage
2.8 Effect and Preventive Method to Marriage Problems
2.9 History and Foundations for Pre-Marital Counseling
2.10 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling
2.11 Reasons and Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling
2.12 The Role and Effect of Pre-Marital Counseling on Christian Marriage
CHAPTER THREE: BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE OF PREMARITAL COUNSELING
3.1 In the Old Testament
3.2 In the New Testament
CHAPTER FOUR: THE ROLE OF PREMARITAL COUNSELING AND ITS EFFECTS ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE: CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH OKE GBOLUWAGA DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS BIG JOE ORE, ONDO-STATE AS A CASE STUDY
4.1 Brief History of Christ Apostolic Church (Worldwide)
4.2 Brief History of Christ Apostolic Church Oke- Gboluwaga District Headquarters Back of Ade Filling Station Lagos Express Way Big Joe Ore, Ondo-State
4.3 Data Analysis
4.4 The Strategy for Effective Premarital Counseling in Christ Apostolic Church Oke-Gboluwaga District Headquarters Back of Ade Filling Station Lagos Express way Big Joe Ore, Ondo-State Ore, Ondo-State
4.5 The Benefit of Premarital Counseling in Christ Apostolic Church Oke- Gboluwaga District Headquarters Back of Ade Filling Station Lagos Express way Big Joe Ore, Ondo-State
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
1.1 Background to the Study
Marriage is noted as the oldest institution on the planet earth. It was divinely established and instituted in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:24) by God Himself, and affirmed by Jesus to be a long life union between a man and a woman in loving companion and for the purpose of fulfilling an innate need for community and procreation. Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, and their children, and between them and their in-laws. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman who makes a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally (inherently) fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together
Marriage is a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves life partnership which nature is pioneered toward the good of the spouses, procreation and education of offspring.
Then, the purpose of marriage is unity, complimentary and oneness. Nevertheless, looking in depth to what obtains today; the researcher discovered that some of the Christian homes are presently in chaos and some at the verge of divorce while some are already experiencing divorce just because they neglected premarital counseling before entering into marriage. In addition, the researcher also noticed that 40% out of 100% of Christian marriages today collapse within three (3) or four (4) months after the wedding, which was as a result of lack of exposure to premarital counseling, that is why the majority of them find themselves in this marital conflicts. However, the remaining 60% are enjoying their marriages because of the important steps they took about premarital counseling before they entered into marriage. Onyango stated that most homes or marriages of today are far from good. Rather, they are bearable, tolerable or endurable. He observed later, that unmarried men and women are not receiving information as to what marriage is all about. He continued by saying that they entered marriage as green people without prior knowledge at all, which has always been the basis for divorce.Therefore, this study intends to look into the the effect of pre-marital counseling on Christian marriage using Christ Apostolic Church Oke-Gboluwaga District Headquarters Ore, Ondo-State as a case study
1.2 Statement of the Problem
Looking at what is happening in the society and in some of Christian marriages, it was discovered that some marriages have led to divorce and face numerous marital conflicts because most of the couples did not seek premarital counseling before entering into marriage. This means that the issue of premarital counseling is a phenomenon that every couple which intends to have a lasting home should not undermine because, it is important and it determines how a marriage will look like either good or bad. The researcher discovered also, that some church weddings do scatter within three or two months after wedding, resulting no or inadequate pre-marital counseling. Thus, this work aims at answering the following questions:
1.3 The Purpose of the Study
The purposes of this study are as follow:
1.4 The Significance of the Study
The research will be useful to the following people:
1.5 Delimitation of the Study
The scope of the study is limited to Christ Apostolic Church Oke-Gboluwaga District Headquarters, Big Joe Ore, Ondo-State as a case study. It is based on premarital counseling program and its benefit to the church and the intended couple.
1.6 Research Procedure
This research is historical, it is based on library work and field research. A detailed survey of the Bible, commentaries, Encyclopedia, Journal, books, internet, and dictionaries was carried out in LIFE Theological Seminary library Ikorodu, Lagos.
1.7 Limitation to the Study
The researcher was challenged by the inability of respondents to meet up with deadlines and submission of the questionnaire. The interviewer was not meet up the scheduled appointment which led to delay in its collation. However, the available data were used to present a valid work.
1.8 Definition of Terms
For the purpose of this research work, the following terms will be defined as follows:
A Christian is simply someone who follows Jesus, who calls upon Jesus Christ as his or her Lord as well as Savior (Rom. 10:9).
A Christian Marriage is when a marriage union takes place between two Bible believing Christians who truly want to serve the Lord together.
Christ Apostolic Church:
The church is distinctly an indigenous African Church by its structure belief and practices; it is an independent Pentecostal church.
It is the advice and support that is given to people to help them deal with problems, make important decisions, etc.
Is a change that results when something is done or happens: an event, condition, or state of affairs that is produced by a cause.
Marriage is the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of finding and maintaining a family.
Something that is occurring before Marriage
Premarital counseling is best defined as knowledge and skills-based training procedure, which aims at providing couples with information on ways to improve their relationship once they are married.
A role is a set of connected behaviors, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualized by people in a social situation
Keywords: THE ROLE OF PREMARITAL COUNSELING AND ITS EFFECTS ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
THE ROLE OF PREMARITAL COUNSELING AND ITS EFFECTS ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE