The Intimate Marriage

Dr. R.C. Sproul takes a practical, pastoral look at the most intimate of human relationships. He shows that if we follow God’s principles, marriage can be a celebration of joyous intimacy and one of life’s greatest delights.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

One of the most precious gifts that God has given to mankind is the gift of marriage. For in the marital relationship, God has determined He will be glorified as husband and wife delight in each other. In this course, Dr. Sproul examines not only the theology of marriage but also its sociology and psychology, covering such topics as communication, gender roles, and sex.

This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one half Continuing Education Unit.

Course path preview

  • GETTING STARTED

    • Welcome to The Intimate Marriage

      • to-do Review Course Material
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
  • WHAT IS CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE?

    • Lesson 1: What is Christian Marriage?

      • watch What is Christian Marriage?
      • listen The Beginning of Marriage
      • listen Two Become One
      • read Chapter 6 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice
  • God and Nakedness

    • Lesson 2: God and Nakedness

      • watch God and Nakedness
      • read Chapter 3 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice
  • Knowing One Another

    • Lesson 3: Knowing One Another

      • watch Knowing One Another
      • listen Knowing Your Spouse
      • read Chapter 1 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice
  • Sexual Problems in Marriage

    • Lesson 4: Sexual Problems in Marriage

      • watch Sexual Problems in Marriage
      • read Chapter 5 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice
  • Criticism and Compliments

    • Lesson 5: Criticism and Compliments

      • watch Criticism and Compliments
      • listen Conflict and Communication
      • read Chapter 3 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice
  • Role of Man and Woman

    • Lesson 6: Role of Man and Woman

      • watch Role of Man and Woman
      • listen Two People: Two Roles
      • listen The Mission of Submission
      • listen The Husband’s Role
      • listen The Husband Cherishes
      • read Chapter 2 from “The Intimate Marriage”
      • to-do Thinking in depth and putting it into practice

About the teacher

R.C. Sproul

Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and chancellor of Reformation Bible College. He also serves as co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla. Dr. Sproul holds degrees from Westminster College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Amsterdam, and he has had a distinguished academic teaching career at various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary. He is author of more than ninety books.

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