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This last Sunday (which also happened to be Valentine’s Day) we talked about Singleness & Marriage.
Today we'll focus on how we can support singles in our church and tomorrow we'll look at how we can support married couples.
Let me first start with an apology. I feel like I have failed at times as your pastor over these last five years in helping create spaces to have more open and honest conversations about what healthy dating looks like in the church — or even how we live fully as single people, whether we want to be in a romantic relationship or not.
We need to talk about:
I want to help provide spaces in the church for these conversations, for discipleship and spiritual formation to happen in these areas of being single and being a Christian. What can unintentionally be communicated by churches is that once you get to marriage, then we will have stuff for you to help equip you; but when you are single, you just have to wait.
Here are a couple of things we will be doing as it relates to supporting singles:
This July, we'll be doing a sermon series that will unpack some of these questions and more:
We've curated a page of resources around relationships (applicable whether you're single, dating, or married) on our website. This is a good opportunity to grab a book or read some articles and discuss them with your friends. We are all being more formed by our surrounding culture than by the Word of God as it relates to relationships, which is why we must intentionally make plans to develop a God-centered vision for our lives and relationships.
This is only a beginning. I believe we can be a church that helps build up singles and married couples, for the glory of God and his kingdom.