Singleness and the Dating Game
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
They say only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But in all reality, at least one more topic could be added to that list. For any follower of Christ, relationships are also guaranteed.
This weekend we began a five-week series where we will be exploring and reflecting on the phases of our relationships, whether that be marriage, singleness, sex, divorce, or parenting. There are thousands of books dedicated to these topics, but interestingly enough, the Bible clearly talks about them too! What it says, though, is not always as well-understood. So during Phases, we’ll be looking at what the Bible teaches us about our own relationships.
Starting off the series, we began with singleness, a phase everyone goes though and some of us don’t leave. Cal walked us through parts of 1 Corinthians 7 to illustrate two things: first, Paul (the author of most of the New Testament) was single! Second, he considers singleness a gift, as it allows more time for God i.e., a single person’s time isn’t divided between a spouse and “the Lord’s affairs.” Sadly, it seems the church has made singles feel “less than” or abnormal. Oftentimes it appears as if there is pressure for a single to get into a relationship or get married, as if a single person is somehow incomplete. If this describes you, we are sorry! Because it really couldn’t be further from the truth. The great irony is that Jesus was single His whole life, yet He was the most complete person to have ever walked on earth.
But there are those out there looking for someone to “complete” them. For that Mr./Mrs. Right… and then they’ll be enough. But here’s the catch: If you are not enough as a single person, getting married will never make you enough.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
1 Corinthians 7:1-4, 7-9, 32-34
“Why not spend your time becoming the person the person you’re looking for is looking for.” Andy Stanley
If you are just not “enough” as a single person, getting married will never make you enough.Click to tweet
Love so Great – Hillsong Worship
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
Good Good Father – Pat Barrett