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Vintage love marriage_singleness_6.17.12 Vintage love marriage_singleness_6.17.12 Presentation Transcript

  • Where We’ve Been So Far… - Mutual SATISFACTION by mutual SUBMISSION - Need to be repeatedly filled with the HOLY SPIRIT- Must have a mutual COMMITMENT to a PROMISE - Purpose is to help one another become more like JESUS & to become a family on MISSION together - Challenge is learning how to LOVE one another
  • Ways of “Explaining”Singleness For Others…- “As soon as you’re satisfied in God alone, He’ll bring someone special into your life…”- “You’re just being too picky…”- “Before you marry someone wonderful, the Lord must make you someone wonderful…”
  • 1 Corinthians 7:27-28Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.But if you do marry, you have not sinned,& if a virgin marries, she has not sinned.But those who marry will face manytroubles in this life & I want to spare you this.What I mean is, the time is short…
  • Tim Keller We should be neitheroverly elated by getting married, nor overly disappointed by not being so…
  • Tim Keller Many singles are looking (striving) for a highly compatible, brilliant & beautiful partner. For others, singleness has becomeat best a kind of purgatory, where you live waiting for your real life to begin, or at worse a misery.
  • The Goodness of Singleness- Christianity was the FIRST religion to hold up single adulthood as a VIABLE way of life
  • The Goodness of Singleness- Christianity was the FIRST religion to hold up single adulthood as a VIABLE way of life- The Christian gospel & hope of the future Kingdom DE-IDOLIZES marriage
  • The Goodness of Singleness- Christianity was the FIRST religion to hold up single adulthood as a VIABLE way of life- The Christian gospel & hope of the future Kingdom DE-IDOLIZES marriage- The extended FAMILY of Christian community can be the context for learning from one another as men & women
  • Paige Benton Brown I am not single because I am too spiritually UNSTABLE to possibly deserve a husband, nor because I am too spiritually MATURE to possibly need one. I am single because God is so abundantlygood to me, because this is His BEST for me.
  • The Goodness of Marriage- A healthy view of marriage can reveal the IDOL many have made of INDEPENDENCE
  • The Goodness of Marriage- A healthy view of marriage can reveal the IDOL many have made of INDEPENDENCE- A Christian marriage has the POWER to help us grow towards our future-selves through SACRIFICIAL love & SPIRITUAL friendship
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Recognize the SEASONS for seeking marriage
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Recognize the SEASONS for seeking marriage- Understand the GIFT of singleness
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Recognize the SEASONS for seeking marriage- Understand the GIFT of singleness The profound call to embrace your current relationship status as Gods best for you sometimes sounds like too pat of an answer to accept. However, this deep truth is an irreplaceable daily vitamin (often a horse pill, that can be difficult to swallow!)
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Recognize the SEASONS for seeking marriage- Understand the GIFT of singleness- Get more SERIOUS about it as you get older
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Recognize the SEASONS for seeking marriage- Understand the GIFT of singleness- Get more SERIOUS about it as you get older- Don’t allow DEEP emotional involvement with someone who doesn’t follow JESUS
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Consider attraction COMPREHENSIVELY * Are you attracted to their CHARACTER? * Are you attracted to their MISSION? * Are you attracted by how they LIVE? * Can you anticipate & are you excited by their FUTURE SELF?
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Consider attraction COMPREHENSIVELY- Don’t let things get PASSIONATE too quickly Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires…Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Solomon 2:7, 15
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Consider attraction COMPREHENSIVELY- Don’t let things get PASSIONATE too quickly- Don’t become a FAUX spouse for someone who won’t commit to you
  • Practical Counsel For ThoseSeeking Marriage- Consider attraction COMPREHENSIVELY- Don’t let things get PASSIONATE too quickly- Don’t become a FAUX spouse for someone who won’t commit to you- Get & submit to GODLY counsel
  • Tim Keller Without a deeply fulfilling love relationship with Christ now, & hope in a perfect love relationship with Him in the future, married Christians will put too much pressure on theirmarriage to fulfill them…If single Christians don’t develop a deeply fulfilling love relationship with Jesus, they will put too much pressure on their dream of marriage…