Singleness and Relationships

Date: March 16, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Lawson Hembree

REVIEW

  • Definition of a Christian Single: Those in our church community who have the opportunity and freedom to use their gifts in undivided devotion to the Lord.
  • As Christians, identity confusion occurs when we let the things of this world define us more than God’s Word. God’s perspective on our identity should be primary. Your fundamental identity as a single adult is that of a Christian.

SINGLENESS AND RELATIONSHIPS
The Basics of Christian Relationships:

  1. Care, concern, service and self-sacrifice
  2. Interest and knowledge
  3. Encouragement to grow spiritually
  4. Love
  5. Purity
  • Priority: Membership in a Local Church

Three Categories of Relationships within the Church Community

  1. Relating to Other Same-Sex Single Adults
    Blessings
    :
    -Similar life issues and struggles
    -Have more freedom and time than families typically do
    Downfalls:
    -Generally have less wisdom available
  2. Relating to Opposite-SexSingle Adults
    -Friendship among single men and women is an important part of being brothers and sisters in Christ in the same church
  3. Relating to the Rest of the Community
    -Relating to Families
    -Relating to Seniors
    -Relating to Children and Youth

Why Relationships Are Important

  1. Fight Idolatry (Romans 1:25)
  2. Combat Loneliness (Deuteronomy 31:8; John 14:18)
  3. Encourage Contentment (Philippians 4:10-20)

 

Resources and Further Reading
Singleness and Courtship: Lessons 3 & 4. Capital Hill Core Seminars. (http://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/we-equip/adults/core-seminars/)
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem
The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. (http://cbmw.org/)

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