Waiting, Dating, and Mating

Christian teens form all kinds of relationships. From friendships to dating, these are the years that Christian teens start building ties outside of the family. While these relationships are an exciting time for Christian teens, they also come with their own issues and hazards. Suddenly the issues of sex and boundaries start to arise, and teens find themselves having to choose sides on “hot button” topics like homosexuality and abortion. There is a lot of growing to do in all aspects of relationships, and having Biblical and Christian guidance is essential. Friendship is the foundation of any good relationship. Whether you are looking to make friends or keep the ones you have, friendship is important in any Christian teen’s life. This is also why Christian teens need to work at keeping their friendships strong. Think of the traits that are important in any relationship like honesty and trust, and they apply to your friends.

Games with a Point

I planned my outfit days in advance. My mom took pictures of me. My stomach was a knot of nervous and excited anticipation. My date and I had been friends for a while and we both liked each other, so it was a natural step. But no one knows how a first date will go. Will there be awkward silence?

These are basically the sermon notes I wrote for my lessons on Dating, Purity, Sex, and Marriage. I wish I listened to my youth pastors warnings but I am not sure.

I remember vividly when the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye came out. The best seller by Joshua Harris was recently back in the spotlight when Harris announced on social media that he separated from his wife and left the Christian faith. My parents, like many other Christian leaders and parents at that time, came of age in the sexual revolution. They were personally impacted by the dramatic cultural changes that came as their generation denounced previously accepted sexual values such as saving sex for marriage, marital fidelity, and sexual self-restraint.

As they came to faith and later went on to become parents and leaders in Christian ministry, one of their main goals was to create a church environment that modeled an alternative lifestyle to the increasing promiscuity in secular culture, with the hopes of protecting the next generation from making the same relational mistakes that they made. For many, this took shape through teachings on the importance of sexual purity, home and private faith-based schooling, and the elimination of dating in church youth groups.

The explanation was that dating was a slippery slope that led to premature emotional, physical, and spiritual intimacy that would compromise personal holiness and weaken Christian commitment.

Four Steps to Navigating Life after Purity Culture

This lesson will make you aware of both the benefits and dangers of dating, and help you to develop a Scriptural set of dating standards. Group dating is several couples getting together. First-time dates are usually group dates.

Many times, dating relationships are centered around selfish motives. For example, someone might date the starting quarterback in high school.

What does the Bible say about Christian dating? However, the Bible talks a lot about honoring God in every area of life. Therefore, although the Bible does not talk about Christian dating directly, there are many Bible verses that should be directly applied to dating by Christians who want to honor God in their singleness and in their dating relationships. Again, there is no blueprint or direct law in the Bible on how Christian dating should look. But regardless of what dating approach you take, the Bible should guide that approach.

These Bible verses are just a small sample of how the word of God should directly shape your season of Christian singleness and dating. A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.

REVIEW: The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating

You laughed about it and got totally embarrassed, but it felt good to have a special someone. Then you hit high school. His voice broke, her body changed. Suddenly, they were hot. But being an adult seems so far away.

DATING SOMEONE: MEANS YOU ARE SEEING SOMEBODY SPECIFIC WITH PURPOSE AND ON REGULAR BASIS YOU ARE SPENDING.

One of my favorite classes as a Communication Studies major back in college was a Christian Relationships class where various aspects of relationships—friendship, singleness, dating, marriage, family, etc. I think one of the reasons I find this topic so interesting is because we were created by a relational God who created us for connection , and relationships are so incredibly vital to each of our lives in one way or another.

This makes me want to continually grow in learning how to do them well. In particular, dating and romantic relationships are something I love learning about. In the beginning God created man and woman, and ever since we have been asking questions about love, marriage, sex, and romance. Loveology is an exploration of what the Bible has to say about the never ending story of male and female. Listen to Loveology Series by Bridgetown Church. One of my favorite parts of this podcast is when Mike Erre unpacks a passage in Song of Solomon to give us a guideline of three things to look for in a spouse.

In this series, Pastor Michael Todd shows us how to make healthy relationship goals. This sermon series was filled with so many nuggets of wisdom, but one that stood out to me the most was an analogy given on the powerful role God designed sex to have within marriage. Listen to RelationshipGoals by Transformation Church. On the show, we collect honest stories to find liberating wisdom for discovery and companionship. Listen to Dateology Podcast.

Status – Switch

Okay, maybe not. Last February I decided to try a series or book. So I downloaded the Kindle version and quickly read it. After seeing how incredibly practical the book is, I wanted to get it into the hands of every teenager in our ministry.

At a parent-teen conference on dating, a teenage girl asked speaker Bill Gothard, “How old do you These animosities can tear up a Christian youth group.

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5 Bible Verses to Guide You in Christian Dating

Scripture: Galatians Denomination: Baptist. Dating is fast becoming the fashion of the day for many youths. Yet it remains one of the main causes of Tension between parents and youths. Sometimes its even a problem among youths themselves.

The Struggle is Real – Purity, Dating, and Relationship Sermon Series – Youth DownloadsYouth Downloads.

Wow, I am young and still a single. I have all the time in the world to myself! It is for this purpose that this column is a must read, for every youth and single, as the keys to a life of greatness shall be delivered into your hands. The Bible has this to say about the youths: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace Psalm The scripture above, therefore, implies that the growing up process of sons and the polishing of daughters occur in the days of youth.

It is the preparatory phase for the future. It holds opportunities that if fully maximized, will make for a great future. Pastor Faith is an example of one who utilized her youthful stage, and is now blazing the trail as an adult. Please come along with her, as she unravels the secrets that made her as a youth and a single. Your future is bright!

If you truly want to make the most of your life you have to rely solely on the words from the mouth of God. As a single, find your happiness, visions, dreams and purpose before marriage. Marriage is only but a plus to you when you have other aspects of your life organised

Six Ways to Prepare Young Christians for Dating

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What should we do about dating? How should I respond to my son’s newfound attraction to girls? Will I let my daughter date in high school? Can’t.

Send feedback. A youth and young adults ministry of Grace Assembly of God Singapore. Available episodes. In this episode, we embark on a brand new relationship series that traces the various stages from singleness, dating, courtship to marriage. Ps Joey Asher continues on Part 3 with a message on courting- what is biblical courtship? We are the youth and young adults ministry of Grace Assembly of God, Singapore.

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Dating, Courtship, and Marriage – Paul Washer