What is your current relationship status? Are you single and on the prowl; in a relationship, hoping this will be the one; or married and living with children? Are you enjoying your happily ever after? These are just a few relationship statuses that people share. And there are many more. It may surprise you that the Bible does not teach that one relationship status is preferred over another.
In 1 Corinthians 7, the apostle Paul delves into some of the relationship statuses that was common in his day. He taught that rather than having a preferred status, there was a broader principle to follow. Instead of seeking the best status, learn contentment and develop the character of Christ in every relationship.
Each week we will learn the character needed to celebrate your current relationship status.
Week 1: Celebrating Singleness - What is the Biblical character needed as a single person
Week 2: Finding Juliet (or Romeo) - What should I be looking for in a potential mate
Week 3: Energizing Marriage - What are the skills needed to energize my marriage and reach "Happily Ever After."
Week 4: Enjoying Contentment - There is no wrong relation status when we learn contentment.
Many look at those who are single with the intention of trying to “fix” them by finding them a mate. That shows an improper understanding of God’s word. Single people are not broken! They do not need anyone’s help to fix them up. What they need, and what we all need, is a proper understanding of singleness. Singleness is not something to be avoided, but rather something to be Applauded!
Finding Juliet (or Romeo)
The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet highlights some of the difficulties associated with searching for that perfect person. Now I know Romeo and Juliet is just a play, but Can I say, many people enter relationship with these same fatalistic attraction. So let’s talk about how we can enter into a relationship that honor God. Because... "Making a lasting love connection is about something greater than love!"
God designed marriage to have a significant impact on this world. We often think of God’s command to multiply and replenish his creation as the primary purpose of marriage, but I believe that God’s plans was much larger than that. In fact, I believe that God’s plan for the home was to be the greatest redemptive place on earth. In this teaching we will see that "An Energized Marriage is one of the best tools to help us follow Jesus."
What Matters More
Take a look at what 1 Corinthians 7 really wants to talk about and learn how important it is to prioritize our relationship with God above any other relationship we have. This is the key to not only finding contentment in our current relationship status but also becoming a true follower of God. To truly follow God, we must place our relationships with God above everything else.