We believe the Bible teaches that God created humanity in His image and likeness, male and female, to represent Him on the earth.1 God has special regard for all human beings from the moment of conception onward, and He is pleased to promote the flourishing of human life and community.2 God created all human beings to love Him with our whole being, to love one another as we love ourselves, and to serve as the good and faithful stewards of His creation.3 God created man and woman for each other, yet neither man nor woman completes the other; whether single or married, only God in Christ Jesus completes us.4
But from the beginning, God intended that marriage should be a holy, blessed, lifelong, and exclusive union between one man and one woman, and that such marriage should be the exclusive context for human sexual activity.5 God intends for His people to live together with a holy regard for God, each other, marriage, and families.6 In so doing, we reflect in our relationships in some real and representative way the glory of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church, as well as establish and nurture a secure and wholesome environment for all with whom we come into contact.7
1 Gen. 1:26-27 and 5:1; James 3:9-10.
2 On God’s special regard for human life from conception onward: Ps. 22:9-10 and 139:13; Luke 1:15 and 41. On God’s pleasure to promote the flourishing of human life and community: Ps. 72:7 and 92:12-13; Prov. 11:28 and 14:11; Hos. 14:4-7.
3 On God's design and purpose for humanity: Gen. 1:26-28 and 2:15; Matt. 5:48 and 22:37-40; Luke 6:27-36; John 13:34-35 and 15:9-14; 1 Pet. 4:10.
4 On men and women being completed in Christ alone, not by marriage: 1 Cor. 7:7-8; Col. 2:9-10.
5 On God's design for marriage and sexuality: Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:3-9; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:2-6.
6 On a holy regard for God, each other, marriage, and families: Gen. 2:15-25; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:10-16; Eph. 5:21-33; Heb. 13:4.
7 On God's intention for holy relationships, marriages, and families: Eph. 5:21-6:4; Col. 3:18-21; 1 Pet. 3:1-7.