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Singleness & relationships

This study was taught at our Sunday evening service by Sim Forder, one of our pastors, on the 13th June 2021. You can listen to the audio on this web page or save it for later listening.

Summary of this study

The church in Corinth had questions about marriage, singleness, remarrying after being widowed, what to do if your spouse isn’t a Christian, even the correct boundaries for physical intimacy. And likewise, we should ask these questions too – for we should neither be ignorant of what God wants from us in our personal situation, or what God would have from our church family, for we need to be able to guide, encourage, equip, and hold each other accountable in this.

In a sense, we all need irrelevant sermons (there are no such thing); for if you are not married, you’ll still be greatly affected by the marriage of others. If you are married there’s at least a 50% chance you’ll be single again at some point whether by trial or tragedy. But also, if we are to act as a church family should act, then we should be there for each other.

Application questions

If you are single:

  • How can you best honour God in your singleness?
  • What opportunities do you have to serve Him?
  • Where can you serve where married folks can’t?

If you are in a relationship:

  • Is your relationship honouring God?
  • Where are you headed?
  • Are you asking the right questions?

If you are married:

  • Are you caring for those who are single?
  • Are you thoughtful in your comments?
  • How can you better serve them?
  • How can you best set an example of marriage?

Series overview: The big areas of our lives

During this series we’ll take a look at 11 topics – one each week – that affect us, our families, our friends, and our church family. We’ll be looking at what the Bible has to say about Education, Career, Finances, Time, Friendships, Singleness & relationships, Marriage, Children, Health & illness, Death, and Church.

Why look at these topics? Well, God has given us everything we need for every area of our lives, so that we know how we should live and conduct ourselves in these areas, our foundation for this series being the first 4 verses of 2 Peter chapter one…

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1:1-4

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