Have you ever needed some detailed, practical counsel for your marriage? Have you ever wished someone would speak to the everyday matters that pop up in your marriage and family life? Have you ever heard sound teaching, but wished for more than broad theological principles? You needed someone to speak frankly. You wanted someone to show you exactly how the biblical principles applied in the real situations you are experiencing.
This six part video series is based on William Gouge’s classic work, “Domestical Duties,” using the edited and modernized version by Joel Beeke and Scott Brown. This series is designed to help husbands love their wives like Christ loved the church. In this series, we analyze critical chapters in the book that are specifically directed to husbands.
In this second volume of the series, Building a Godly Home, William Gouge (1575–1653) does just that. His marriage counsel is focused on the everyday matters that husbands and wives experience while living together. The basis for his counsel to married couples, is his exposition of Ephesians 5:21–33, already presented in volume 1.
Love speaks many languages, and Gouge calls the man to use them all, from a kind and cheerful facial expression to giving his wife special gifts. He strongly emphasizes the husband’s responsibility to provide for his wife’s financial needs. He urges men to show their wives tenderness and compassion when they are sick, especially when they face the travails of pregnancy and childbirth. At every turn, Gouge summons husbands to the high calling of loving their wives—as Christ did the church—with sacrificial, affectionate service.
William Gouge provides husbands and wives one of the most detailed and honest treatments of the husband and wife relationship ever written. He speaks from a solid biblical position and with a sweet spirit of love and mercy throughout. Though a bit antiquated at times, we trust that you will find these video discussions extremely insightful and helpful. May the Lord send His Spirit with His truth, so that this series will be an effective instrument to transform many marriages, to the blessing of generations to come.