Relationships that Impact Others for Eternity: Singleness

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Published on April 27, 2008

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I Corinthians 7:1-40

Intro Background of I Corinthians Troubles (vs.1-7) Reasons for marriage: Procreation (Gen.1:28) Pleasure (Prov.5:18,19) Partnership—helper (Gen.2:18) Picture—Christ and Church (Eph.5:22-33) Purity (I Cor.7:1,2)

Intro

Background of I Corinthians

Troubles (vs.1-7)

Reasons for marriage:

Procreation (Gen.1:28)

Pleasure (Prov.5:18,19)

Partnership—helper (Gen.2:18)

Picture—Christ and Church (Eph.5:22-33)

Purity (I Cor.7:1,2)

Triumph (vs.24-40) What are the advantages or triumphs of being single as God intended. Free from: Problems of the flesh (vs.28)

Triumph (vs.24-40)

What are the advantages or triumphs of being single as God intended. Free from:

Problems of the flesh (vs.28)

Below are twelve warning signs which might well indicate you should have some serious second thoughts. I call them the twelve IF's. IF you have known each other for less than three months. IF he/she makes statements like, "I owe a great deal to mother. It's my duty to make her happy . . ." and IF such statements are coupled with behavior which makes it apparent that he/she will do most anything to keep parental approval. IF one party says things like, "I can't live without you. My life has no meaning apart from you. IF I ever lost you, I would kill myself." . . . and IF such statements are joined to very obvious dependency behavior.

Below are twelve warning signs which might well indicate you should have some serious second thoughts. I call them the twelve IF's.

IF you have known each other for less than three months.

IF he/she makes statements like, "I owe a great deal to mother. It's my duty to make her happy . . ." and IF such statements are coupled with behavior which makes it apparent that he/she will do most anything to keep parental approval.

IF one party says things like, "I can't live without you. My life has no meaning apart from you. IF I ever lost you, I would kill myself." . . . and IF such statements are joined to very obvious dependency behavior.

IF the majority of times you have been together in the last three months you have developed a pattern of quarreling, of disappointing, seriously irritating or hurting each other. IF many of the significant, mature people in your life -- parents, relatives, teachers and especially good friends who love you -- indicate that you are very likely making a mistake, this should give you pause. IF some very serious problem has come up in the last few weeks and IF it is definitely troubling you and IF you have not had an opportunity to work it through, then either confront it or think about postponement. IF he or she has had more than five or six jobs in the last two years.

IF the majority of times you have been together in the last three months you have developed a pattern of quarreling, of disappointing, seriously irritating or hurting each other.

IF many of the significant, mature people in your life -- parents, relatives, teachers and especially good friends who love you -- indicate that you are very likely making a mistake, this should give you pause.

IF some very serious problem has come up in the last few weeks and IF it is definitely troubling you and IF you have not had an opportunity to work it through, then either confront it or think about postponement.

IF he or she has had more than five or six jobs in the last two years.

IF your chief reason for marrying is that everybody in your circle of friends is doing it and you feel it is high time you did too lest people think you cannot attract a mate. IF you have been sexually involved and now feel you have to marry each other. IF you are marrying because you just have to get out of the house. IF you are a pregnant couple (it takes two to be pregnant) then slow down, think, talk, ponder and pray. Neither pregnancy itself nor the fear of any social stigma it may cause, is in itself, a good reason to marry. Ask the key question -- would we really go through it IF there were no pregnancy? IF you are in a lot of financial debt.

IF your chief reason for marrying is that everybody in your circle of friends is doing it and you feel it is high time you did too lest people think you cannot attract a mate.

IF you have been sexually involved and now feel you have to marry each other.

IF you are marrying because you just have to get out of the house.

IF you are a pregnant couple (it takes two to be pregnant) then slow down, think, talk, ponder and pray. Neither pregnancy itself nor the fear of any social stigma it may cause, is in itself, a good reason to marry. Ask the key question -- would we really go through it IF there were no pregnancy?

IF you are in a lot of financial debt.

Triumph (vs.24-40) What are the advantages or triumphs of being single as God intended. Free from: Problems of the flesh (vs.28) Preoccupation of marriage (vs.32-35) Pressures of the world (vs.36-38) Conclusion II Tim.4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

Triumph (vs.24-40)

What are the advantages or triumphs of being single as God intended. Free from:

Problems of the flesh (vs.28)

Preoccupation of marriage (vs.32-35)

Pressures of the world (vs.36-38)

Conclusion

II Tim.4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

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