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Our Marriage Vows
James: I, James, take you Stephanie, to be my wedded wife. With deepest joy I receive you into my life that together we may be one. As is Christ to his body, the church, so I will be to you a loving and faithful husband. Always will I perform my headship over you even as Christ does over me, knowing that his lordship is one of the holiest desires of my life. Stephanie, I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care. I promise I will live first unto God rather than others, or even you. I promise that I will lead our lives into a life of faith and hope in Jesus Christ, ever honoring God's guidance by his Spirit through His word and so throughout life no matter what may lie ahead I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful husband.
Stephanie: I Stephanie, take you James to be my wedded husband. With deepest joy I come into my new life with you. As you have pledged to me your life and love, so I too happily give you my life and in confidence submit myself to your headship as to the Lord. As is the church in her relationship with Christ, so I will be with you. James, I will live first unto our God, and then unto you, loving you, obeying you, caring for you, so that we might serve Christ together. God has prepared me for you so I will ever strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you. Therefore, throughout life, no matter what may be ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as a faithful and obedient wife.
James: Stephanie, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live. And I pledge to you my faithfulness to show you the same kind of love Christ showed the church when He died for her, and to love you as a part of myself, because in his sight, we shall become one.
Stephanie: James, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my husband to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live. And I pledge to you my faithfulness to love you with a Christ-like love, and to love you as a part of myself, because in his sight we shall become one.
Our vows came from samples that used to be available for free on Dallas Theological Seminary's website. I tried to look for them today, and it seems that they are now charging $15 for a Wedding Planning Kit that you have to purchase if you want to see their sample vows.