Singleness and Relationships

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


  • 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.

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
    -Similar life issues and struggles
    -Have more freedom and time than families typically do
    -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. (
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. (


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