For Ryan Binkley, the “modern” concept of what a family should be or strive to be is far from the ideal. He is a champion of God’s original design for the family, and how that remains the right and best way to build a strong family unit – one that is bound by love, devotion, commitment and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
That is why, in his most recent sermons as Lead Pastor at Create Church, a ministry dedicated to helping people find their place in God’s eternal vision, Ryan Binkley has been concentrating on recapturing the Unmodern Family. Here, Ryan shares why it is important to return to traditional Christian values to discover true bliss in our family lives.
In this insightful and powerful series (which you can find on the Create Church website), Ryan covers all aspects of family life and how following the Word of God has practical lessons to make raising a family as easy as He intended.
The problems created in the modern world have taken people away from these simple but fundamental values, and by approaching his family life as it is written in the Bible, Ryan’s family is strong, secure and bound by the love and scripture of The Lord.
Ryan’s starting point is creating a Godly and understanding marriage. As he says in his sermons, marriage is the closest thing you’ll get to Heaven or Hell in this world, and that all depends on if you follow God’s lessons. To help achieve this, Ryan has split these divine lessons into six priorities, which will determine the strength of your marriage and how much like Heaven it feels.
1. Prioritize Time
Firstly, it is important to be intentional when scheduling time with each other. Ryan Binkley has encountered that first-hand: balancing his role as President and CEO of Generational Equity and as Lead Pastor of Create Church, how does he prioritize time with his wife? By being intentional about the time they have together on this earth and arranging time on their calendars, they keep their marriage full of life and full of love.
2. Prioritize Listening
Haven’t you heard? Listening is vital in any marriage, as it helps both husbands and wives understand what each is thinking. Ryan began developing these skills in the workplace and has applied them to his marriage.
3. Prioritize Romance
People have so many responsibilities, be it work, money or family commitments, that they often neglect to inject romance into their marriage. But, this is key to keeping both of you interested and happy in each other’s company. Making an intentional effort to keep the romance alive helps you stay captivated with your spouse, and away from unwanted temptations that stand to break your bond.
4. Prioritize Agreement
A house divided will fall, and you must ensure any decision, especially major ones like changing jobs or moving, is one you both agree on. Find things you have in common and dedicate time to it, and make compromises. Nobody gets their way all the time, so it is important to agree on things to do together and stick to them – this makes everything a whole lot simpler.
5. Prioritize Covenant
Never speak loosely about the idea of divorce or separation, and instead prioritize the covenant you forged at the start of your marriage. Take the mindset that you will finish your race with your spouse, and believe that you will work things out, whatever it takes. It’s not enough to say it, you have to feel it. The strength of covenant means you never need to question your husband or wife, giving you security in your relationship.
6. Prioritize God
Finally, and most importantly, it is vital to have God in your marriage. Find someone who shares the same passion for Jesus Christ as you do – don’t try to change them. It is time to make the decision to serve The Lord, and in return, God will bless you with love in your marriage and in your life.
Hopefully, with the help of these six simple steps and a commitment to God, you will benefit from being in a godly marriage and an unmodern family.
You can discover more about Create Church at www.createchurch.com, including previous sermons, service times and other resources. If you’d like to learn more about Ryan Binkley, please visit his profile on the Generational Equity website or on LinkedIn.