6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make

A marriage needs something sturdier than romance. Popular author and pastor Paul David Tripp encourages readers to make 6 gospel-centered commitments with the aim of making Jesus Christ the foundation of their marriages.



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When you say “I do”, you begin the journey of a lifetime, and you have dreams of that journey being perfect. But it won’t take long for expectations of the perfect marriage to fade away in the struggles of everyday life. A long-term, vibrant marriage needs to be grounded in something sturdier than romance – it needs the life-changing power of the gospel.

In this rebranded edition of What Did You Expect?, popular author and pastor Paul David Tripp encourages couples to make six biblical commitments to the Lord and to one another. These commitments, which include a lifestyle of confession and forgiveness, building trust, and appreciating differences, will equip couples to cultivate thriving, joy-filled marriages built on Christ.



Preface to the 2021 Edition 11

1 What Did You Expect?
2 Reason to Continue
3 Whose Kingdom?
4 Day by Day
Commitment 1: We will give ourselves to a regular lifestyle of confession and forgiveness.
5 Coming Clean: Confession
6 Canceling Debts
Commitment 2: We will make growth and change our daily agenda.
7 Pulling Weeds
8 Planting Seeds
Commitment 3: We will work together to build a sturdy bond of trust.
9 Sticking Out Your Neck
10 Someone to Be Trusted
Commitment 4: We will commit to building a relationship of love.
11 All You Need Is Love
12 Ready, Willing, and Waiting
Commitment 5: We will deal with our differences with appreciation and grace.
13 Amazing Grace
14 Before Dark
Commitment 6: We will work to protect our marriage.
15 Eyes Wide Open
16 On Your Knees
17 Worship, Work, and Grace
Special to the 2021 Edition
18 The Gospel, Your Marriage, and Sex  (Bonus Chapter)
19 Ask Paul Tripp about Your Marriage (Bonus Chapter)
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Weight 0.377 kg
Dimensions 23.11 × 15.49 × 3.3 cm
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Paul David Tripp








About the Author
Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, event speaker, and a best-selling and award-winning author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul's driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He and his wife of 45+ years, Luella, live in Philadelphia; they have four grown children. For more information, visit PaulTripp.com or follow Paul on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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