When Sinners Say "I Do"

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Author: Dave Harvey


Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

Dave's writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God's word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say "I do".

About the author:

Dave Harvey is responsible for church care, church planting and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has served as a member of the Sovereign Grace Ministries leadership team since 1995. Dave also devotes a portion of his time to continuing to serve on the Pastoral Team of Covenant Fellowship Church, where he has served since 1986.

He received a Master of Arts in Missiology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, worked toward a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993 to 1995, and in 2001 became a graduate in Westminster’s D.Min. program. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the identification and equipping of church planters. Dave has served on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation since 2006.

Dave is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage. He has contributed a chapter to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World and a chapter to Why Small Groups?. Dave has authored several booklets and continues to work on other writing projects.

Dave lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimm, their four children, and despite his many protests, one stray cat.


"Dave Harvey skillfully exposed the real root of most marriage problems — each spouse is still a sinner. But he doesn’t leave us to wallow in our sin. He shows the way out through the ongoing power of the gospel. This book will be helpful for any married couple whether they’ve been married five weeks or fifty years.”  ~ Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness

“Dave Harvey not only offers a biblical diagnosis of marital strife, but prescribes the cure as well — the gospel. When Sinners Say “I Do” provides clarity in conflict, hope in despair, and points the way to a joy-filled, God glorifying marriage.”  ~ C.J. Mahaney, author of Humility