Truly, it's never been easier or more convenient for people to connect with one another. Yet more and more people today are describing themselves as lonely. Why? If everything in this world is so connected, why are so many of us feeling disconnected? How can we do better at figuring out life and love in today's complex world? Learn to navigate through four relational stages of life: singleness, dating, engagement, and marriage.
God has purposed that every human being on the planet experience singleness for some period of time. So it’s fair to ask the question: Why? If we say the purpose of singleness is simply to find someone to marry, then we’re saying Jesus and the apostle Paul failed at singleness. What does God want our single season to be about?
The focus this week isn’t about getting a date, but about dating the right person in the right way. The challenge of dating has caused some of us to grow cynical, either giving up on dating or giving up on finding God’s best. Although the Bible doesn’t say anything about dating, it says plenty about how we’re to evaluate someone as we pursue a relationship.
This week we’ll explore biblical principles for dating. This is not a step-by-step guide - relating to people is much more complex and dynamic than following a recipe for baking a chocolate cake. But by applying these principles to the dynamic environment of dating, you'll gain confidence to honor God in your dating decisions.
God made sex to be a fun experience shared by people who cherish each other deeply, yet we commonly see a misuse of sexuality, causing an incredible amount of pain. The Bible doesn’t speak specifically about the roles of boyfriend and girlfriend, but we can determine much about the way we should act toward each other through a study of key Scriptures.
During engagement your single life is passing away, and a new, united life is emerging. Everything is beginning to change as your two lives are becoming one. One of the biggest questions that arise when discussing dating is, How do you know when you know? Engagement is about union.
Marriage is a team, a partnership, a union. Our marriage will only be as strong as our commitment to each other and to a common set of values. Understanding our unique roles helps us understand how to relate to each other. This week we’ll explore what the Bible teaches about marriage as both a picture of Jesus and a pursuit of Him.